Project location: TaÃ¯ National Park, CÃ´te d'Ivoire, located in West Africa, Ohio State University and Tulsa Zoo
Project focus: Hormone study
Project status: Ongoing
Ohio State University has partnered with the Tulsa Zoo to participate in a significant research project with our Diana monkeys. This study is investigating if hormones can accurately reflect physiological changes based on the levels of corticosterone and progesterone. The levels of these two hormones will be used to assess stress and reproductive cycling with Diana's held in zoos and then compared to the results of similar data which was collected from wild Diana monkeys in TaÃ¯ National Park, CÃ´te d'Ivoire, located in West Africa.
Results from this study will be used as an integral part of a Ph.D. student's dissertation research at Ohio State University and will also be shared and presented at numerous anthropology, primatology, and/or wildlife endocrinology conferences, with eventual plans to have the results published in relevant scientific journals.