How to advocate for captive wildlife | Tyler-Jane Robins | TEDxTufts

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TJ discusses her internship at Fauna Foundation, the only chimpanzee sanctuary in Canada, where she witnessed the lasting impact of captivity and abuse on former pet, performer, and research chimps. She connects the experiences of the Fauna chimps to those of captive wildlife in general who are frequently commodified — and mistreated — for the sake of human entertainment, and she stresses the importance of engaging responsibly with wildlife in-person and online. TJ Robins (she/her/hers) is a Tufts senior double-
majoring in biology and anthropology. Next year, she’ll be attending the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine
where she plans on studying zoological/conservation
medicine. TJ is really excited to discuss her experience
interning at a chimpanzee sanctuary where she was able
to care for and study chimps retired from cross-fostering research, biomedical research, and zoos. In working with the chimps, TJ became increasingly aware of the ethical problems associated with keeping and/or interacting with captive primates and captive animals in general. She’s inspired to give a TEDx talk on the ethics of “captive wild animal encounters” to spread awareness about the issue. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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