BRIDGING TO THE WORLD WITHIN Great Ape Recovery and Self-Determination
The Kerulos Center Great Ape projects deepen our understanding of Great Ape experiences and culture. This work in trans-species psychology helps bring ethical and legal standing of apes into alignment with scientific knowledge.
Chimpanzee Trauma and Recovery
Beginning in 2006, Kerulos director Gay Bradshaw led the first study on chimpanzee Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Complex PTSD. The result was two landmark publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals tradiitonally reserved for human concerns. This work comprises the first scientific treatment of ape mental wellbeing using the same criteria employed for human psychological diagnosis and treatment. This project has been instrumental in policy formulation and prompted advocacy groups to launch similar investigations.
Kerulos is continuing this work through further research and the development of web-based education and resource materials that can be accessed internationally by sanctuaries, schools, universities. Support the apes.
Chimpanzees and other animals are routinely used in biomedical research and for other commercial purposes including television, movies, circuses, and companion “pets”. Captivity, social isolation, severe emotional duress, and psychophysiological suffering often lead to symptoms referred to as Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Similar symptoms are seen in humans who have endured political imprisonment, domestic abuse, and other forms of systematic violence.