Program-specific Associate Professor, Wildlife Research Center, Kyoto University

Humans and non-human animals (‘animals’ hereafter) have been coexisted with various manners of its relationships. The conflicts are one of forms that represent the relationships between humans and animals. The conflicts between them happened in human’s space have been designated as an issue of animal welfare. In contrast, ones happened in animal’s space (namely, in the wild) were regarded as an issue of conservation biology. However, the human-animal relationships are too much complex to sort out those issues into the dichotomy of either welfare or conservation. As an approach from animal welfare, I have studies environmental enrichment, especially focusing on cognitive enrichment of captive chimpanzees at Kumamoto Sanctuary. I have engaged in plantation activity for chimpanzee conservation in Bossou, Guinea, from a viewpoint of conservation. I have been interesting in bridging issues between welfare and conservation.

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Professional History
  • 2014-
    Program-specific Associate Professor, Wildlife Research Center, Kyoto University
  • 2013
    Program-specific Assistant Professor, Primate Research Institute of Kyoto University
  • 2008-2012
    Program-specific Assistant Professor, Wildlife Research Center, Kyoto University
  • 2007-2008
    Program-specific Assistant Professor, Primate Research Institute of Kyoto University
  • 1999-2007
    Researcher, Hayashibara Great Ape Research Institute
Educational History
  • 2007
    Obtained Ph. D Degree in Science, Kyoto University
  • 1999
    Obtained Master Degree in Agriculture, United Graduate School of Agricultural Science, Tokyo Noko University
Selected Publications

  • Hirata S, Hirai H, Nogami E, Morimura N, UdonoT. (2017) Chimpanzee Down syndrome: a case study of trisomy 22 in a captive chimpanzee. Primates, DOI 10.1007/s10329-017-0597-8.
  • Wilson VA, Weiss A, Humle T, Morimura N, Udono T, Idani G, Matsuzawa T, Hirata S, Inoue-Murayama M. (2017). Chimpanzee Personality and the Arginine Vasopressin Receptor 1A Genotype. Behav Genet 47(2) 215-226. doi: 10.1007/s10519-016-9822-2.
  • Yamanashi Y, Teramoto M, Morimura N, Hirata S, Inoue-Murayama M, Idani G. (2016) Effects of Relocation and Individual and Environmental Factors on the Long-Term Stress Levels in Captive Chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes): Monitoring Hair Cortisol and Behaviors. PloS One, 11(7), e0160029. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0160029
  • Yamanashi Y, Teramoto M, Morimura N, Hirata S, Suzuki J, Hayashi M, Kinoshita K, Inoue-Murayama M, Idani G.(2016) Analysis of hair cortisol levels in captive chimpanzees: Effect of various methods on cortisol stability and variability. MethodsX 3 110-117.
  • Morimura N, Ohashi G, Matsuzawa T. (2014) A survey of the savanna vegetation in Bossou, Guinea. Pan Africa News 21, 22-24. Refereed
  • Fujisawa M, Udono T, Nogami E, Hirosawa M, Morimura N, Saito A, Seres M, Teramoto M, Nagano K, Mori Y, Uesaka H, Nasu K, Tomonaga M, Idani G, Hirata S, Tsuruyama T, Matsubayashi K. (2013) A case of maxillary sarcoma in a chimpanzee. Journal of Medical Primatology 43, 111–114. DOI: 10.1111/jmp.12086"
  • Yamanashi Y, Morimura N, Mori Y, Hayashi M, Suzuki J. (2013) Cortisol analysis of the hair of captive chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes): Methodological validation and modification General and Comparative Endocrinology 194, 55-63. DOI:10.1016/j.ygcen.2013.08.013
  • Morimura N, Fujisawa M, Mori Y, Teramoto M. (2012) Environmental influence on a behavioral index of sleep in captive male chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes). International Journal of Primatology 33(4), 822-829. DOI: 10.1007/s10764-012-9612-5
  • Morimura N, Ohashi G, Soumah AG, Matsuzawa T. (2011). Bush fire control using arbors in Green Corridor Project at Bossou. Pan Africa News, 10(1), 10-12.
  • Hong KW, Weiss A, Morimura N, Udono T, Hayasaka I, Humle T, Murayama Y, Ito S, Inoue-Murayama M. (2011). Polymorphism of the tryptophan hydroxylase 2 (TPH2) gene is associated with chimpanzee neuroticism. PLoS ONE, 6(7), e22144.
  • Inoue-Murayama M, Weiss A, Morimura N, Tanak M, Yamagiwa J, Idani Gen'ichi. (2011). Molecular Behavioral Research in Great Apes. In: Inoue-Murayama M, Kawamura S, Weiss A. (eds). From Genes to Animal Behavior. Tokyo: Springer. pp239-253.
  • Sugawara T, Go Y, Udono T, Morimura N, Tomonaga M, Hirai H, Imai H. (2011). Diversification of bitter taste receptor gene family in western chimpanzees. Molecular Biology and Evolution, 28(2), 921-931.
  • Morimura N, Idani G, Matsuzawa T. (2011). The first chimpanzee sanctuary in Japan: an attempt to care for the "surplus" of biomedical research. American Journal of Primatology, 73(3), 226-232.
  • Hirata S, Morimura N, Fuwa K. (2010). Intentional Communication and Comprehension of the Partner's Role in Experimental Cooperative Tasks. In. Lonsdorf, E. V., Ross, S. R., & Matsuzawa, T. (eds.). The mind of the chimpanzees: ecological and experimental perspectives. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press. pp 251-264.
  • Morimura N, Mori Y. (2010). Effects of early rearing conditions on problem-solving skill in captive male chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes). American Journal of Primatology, 72, 626-633.
  • Hirata S, Morimura N, Houki C. (2009). How to crack nuts: acquisition process in captive chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) observing a model. Animal Cognition, 12, S87-S101.
  • Morimura N. (2007). Note on effects of a daylong feeding enrichment program for chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes). Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 106(1-3), 178-183.
  • Morimura N. (2006). Cognitive enrichment in chimpanzees: an approach of welfare entailing an animal's entire resources. In: Matsuzawa T, Tomonaga M, Tanaka M. (Eds). Cognitive Development in Chimpanzees. New York: Springer, pp368-391.
  • Morimura N. (2003). A note on enrichment for spontaneous tool use by chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes). Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 82(3), 241-247.
  • Morimura N, Matsuzawa T. (2001). Memory of movies by chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes). Journal of Comparative Psychology, 115(2), 152-158.
  • Hirata S, Morimura N. (2000). Naive chimpanzees' (Pan troglodytes) observation of experienced conspecifics in a tool-using task. Journal of Comparative Psychology, 114(3), 291-296.
  • Morimura N, Ueno Y. (1999). Influences on the feeding behavior of three mammals in the Maruyama Zoo: Bears, elephants, and chimpanzees. Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science, 2(3), 169-186.
  • Hirata S, Morimura N, Matsuzawa T. (1998). Green Passage Plan (Tree-Passage Project) and environmental education using documentary videos at Bossou: A progress report. Pan Africa News, 5(2): 18-20.