The Ape Initiative with Guest Dr. Sara Skiba | Monsters on the Edge #59

Dr. Sara Skiba is the Director of Communications at Ape Initiative and a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at Kennesaw State University. Dr. Skiba is an expert in great ape behavior and has been working with Kanzi and the Ape Initiative bonobo family for 10 years. Dr. Skiba's research focuses on social communication in humans and our closest living relatives - bonobos and chimpanzees. Dr. Skiba incorporates evolutionary theory, behavioral neuroscience, and cognitive psychology, to better understand the emergence of neurodevelopmental disorders, such as autism spectrum disorder. As an Autism Speaks fellow, Dr. Skiba is investigating the relation between auditory processing abilities and language skills in autistic children and adolescents. To learn more about Dr. Skiba and her research, visit

Ape Initiative is the only research center in the world dedicated to the study and conservation of the species most closely related to humans – the endangered bonobo. Ape Initiative is a federally-recognized non-profit organization - 501(c)(3) - and accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) as an Accredited Related Facility. With a focus on Science, Education, and Outreach, our programs enrich the lives of our bonobos and foster a deeper connection between people and the natural world. Bonobos are an endangered species of African Great Ape with as few as 15,000 - 20,000 individuals in the wild. Understanding bonobo behavior, and how they interact with one another, is critical if we are going to save them. That’s why we developed a scientifically grounded conservation education program for students of all ages. Our goal is to inspire the next generation of scientists and educators by promoting scientific literacy and environmental stewardship.

Ape Initiative website

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