Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

The red ape debate: ethics in orangutan conservation

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Primate Conservation Seminar Series

Who this event is for

  • Everyone


JHB 308 Kennedy, John Henry Brookes, Headington Campus, Gipsy Lane site


Alexandra (Ally) Palmer is a social science researcher with a background in social and biological anthropology (the latter focusing on primatology). Ally holds a PhD in anthropology from University College London; her previous studies were undertaken at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, where she completed a BA, BA Honours, and MA in anthropology, along with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) in filmmaking.

Ally’s research involves ethnographic, ethological, and archival methods to explore social and ethical questions in human-animal relationships, with a particular focus on non-human primates (especially orangutans) and conservation and wildlife research. Her current work as part of the Animal Research Nexus — conducted alongside Beth Greenhough and Reuben Message — uses ethnographic research methods to explore what happens when regulations governing animal research in the UK move out of the laboratory and into sites like wildlife field projects, zoos, veterinary clinics, and farms. Previous work has explored ethical dilemmas faced by practitioners working in orangutan conservation and rehabilitation, and keeper-orangtuan relationships in a zoo.