We are a non-profit organization located in Blacklick, Ohio which houses primates that were previously kept as household pets.
Working at A.P.E.S. has been just the beginning of exotic animal experience for several of our student volunteers. A number have had/are having the opportunity to further their experience and knowledge in caring for exotic animals outside of A.P.E.S.
Samantha Jones: “I am going to Africa to work at a chimpanzee orphanage. I will be there for two weeks and will be creating enrichment and helping care for the chimpanzees. This is a very generous graduation present from my parents!”
Lauren Stober: “I will be spending my summer at the Wolf Education Research Center (W.E.R.C.) in Winchester, ID. W.E.R.C. is a 300 acre Native American reservation belonging to the Nez Pierce tribe. The center is home to the Owyhee pack and the last remaining member of the Sawtooth pack. I found W.E.R.C. among hundreds of previous Animal Sciences internships. A.P.E.S. introduced me to exotic animals and animal education, and I was excited to look into other animal experiences. I’m excited for the adventures ahead at W.E.R.C but will miss the primates!”
Brian Goleman: In August 2012, he studied in Kenya. The core of the experience was training and practice in field methods. Participants learned how to census primates, study social behavior and habitat use, and identify animals. The field school was conducted in three ecologically different sites: a tropical forest in the Tana River Primate National Reserve (TRPNR) on the coast, the Lakipia Plateau in central Kenya near the base of Mt. Kenya and the Kibwezi Ground Water Forest National Preserve.
Aleisha Stanley: ” Last summer (2012), I had the opportunity to travel to Thailand for a month. While there, I spent a week at the Elephant Nature Park (ENP) in Chiang Mai. The sanctuary rescues elephants from the tourism and logging industry where they are abused. I learned a lot about how elephants are treated in the entertainment business, and have strived to teach people in America the affects they, here in the US, have on elephants as well. Never attend a circus as those elephants are treated poorly, and never buy anything made with ivory! A.P.E.S. is where I began my experiences with exotic animals, and ENP has furthered my experience.”
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