What U.S. research labs conduct
research, preferably at nearby research facilities? I'm looking into summer internships and graduate schools.
I'm a junior at a top-ten private university studying cognitive neuroscience (undergrad). Over the past two years, I've decided that I almost certainly want to study bonobos
(possibly also chimpanzees, but not really chimps by themselves) as a career. I could literally talk about these apes for hours, and I've read much of the current literature and don't ever get tired of it.
Bonobos are rare and relatively unheard of, and there are few labs that study them. I'm having trouble finding labs that have bonobos (or have nearby access to bonobos) because many labs that publish papers about bonobos do their behavioral studies in far-away research facilities or even overseas.
If I want to work with bonobos in the United States, what are some places I can look into for internships (to be sure this is what I want to do / get a foot in the door) and for graduate school? The head of my department is willing to work with me to get what I need to apply, so right now I'm just looking into labs. For summer internships, I would also be interested in chimp labs, but that's not my primary focus. Bonobos are nearly the opposite of chimps in terms of temperament, and I'm not sure I want to study chimps for more than a year or two.
Thanks for your help!
(An additional note: I would prefer to stay in the U.S., but internationally, there are also a few options: The best place, in my opinion, is Lola Ya Bonobo in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which welcomes researchers from Duke and Harvard but is, well, in the Congo (which is extremely dangerous even to visit). I also know of two labs in Germany and Japan, which are possible options, but unfortunately I only speak English right now. I don't think I'd be happy in Japan long-term, but if necessary, I would be willing to learn German in order to study bonobos.)