Donor and former Zoo Commission President, Shelby Kaplan Sloan established the Sloan Animal Keeper Advanced Studies Fund in 2003 to provide keepers with opportunities for hands-on field experiences with particular animals. Upon completing their fieldwork, they share their experiences and insights with the staff and the animals at the Zoo.
2005 Sloan Grant
Animal Keeper Helene Jutras was the recipient of a 2005 Sloan Grant, and used the funds to participate in a study of white-fronted brown lemurs at the Ivoloina Zoo in Madagascar. She also pursued independent field studies relating to arboreal primates at the Betampona Project in Madagascar. Research included surveying primate populations, facilitating reintroductions into the wild, and investigating conservation and diets.
“My field study in Madagascar gave me the opportunity to see how resourceful the people are and how clever the lemurs can be in the wild,” Helene says. “My trip fulfilled a childhood dream of researching wildlife while living in a hut in the forest.”