Karin E. Jaffe

Karin E. Jaffe

Rohnert Park, CA

Sonoma State University, & Oakland Zoo

Professor & Research Affiliate

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Published on Feb 27, 2019

Why Zoo Science Matters

Before we dive into such a broad, but important topic, we must define one word that you will come across multiple times in this lab note; animal welfare. According to the Association of Zoos and Aq...

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Published on Feb 23, 2019

Replace the Pace: Stereotypy in Zoo Animals

Animals cannot speak our language which means they cannot verbally tell us how they feel; but they can show us. If you own a pet, then you have learned to understand your pet’s behavior through bod...

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Published on Feb 11, 2019

University/Zoo Collaborations

For college students interested in studying animal behavior, zoos can be very attractive facilities. Although zoos cannot provide the same type of experience as a field school (where students study...

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Published on Jul 11, 2016

11 months later...

It has been almost 11 months since we launched our experiment.com campaign, and we're still busy! We wanted to let our backers know that their support of the Lemur Smart Feeder Project continues to...

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Published on Dec 22, 2015

New Year, New Smart Feeder Update

Hello Smart Feeder Backers!As 2015 comes to a close we wanted to share one more update on the Lemur Smart Feeder Project this year. Penny, Nicole and Kaysie will be finished collecting data on the ...

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Published on Oct 28, 2015

Talking Lemurs and Smart Feeders with Local College Students

On October 20, 2015, Dr. Andrea Jones' Introduction to Physical Anthropology class visited the Oakland Zoo and stopped by the lemur exhibit to learn about lemurs and the smart feeders. Here, the c...

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Published on Sep 21, 2015

A Successful Installation!

On Sunday, September 21, 2015, our team met at Oakland Zoo to install the smart feeders in the lemur exhibit! Here are photos documenting this exciting step in the project. If you would like to see...

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Published on Sep 17, 2015

Progress! Building the Smart Feeders

Thanks to the generous donations of our backers, our project was funded last week, and we are happy to report that all materials have been purchased and that the smart feeders are being built! Here...

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Thanks Elaine!
Mar 20, 2019
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Thanks Darcy!
Mar 20, 2019
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Thank you so much for your support Joanne! We'll keep you posted!
Feb 28, 2019
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Thanks! We will! Stay tuned for more lab notes!!
Feb 16, 2019
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So proud of you Penny!
May 06, 2016
Using smart feeders to increase lemur activity and stimulate human interest
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Thanks!
Oct 29, 2015
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Thanks-Penny and Liz did a great job!
Oct 28, 2015
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I noticed the squirrel photobomb, too! :)
Oct 28, 2015
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So cool!
Sep 18, 2015
Using high-tech toys to improve foraging in captive rhinos
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Thanks Mark!
Sep 17, 2015
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We will!
Sep 17, 2015
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Thanks Geri! We're really excited!
Sep 10, 2015
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