5) How are the primates that are used for research kept in captivity?

In some cases, captive primates live in groups that are very similar in composition to the kinds of groups in which they might live in the wild. In other cases, animals are housed in smaller cages either individually or with a partner. (There is a legal minimum cage size for nonhuman primate housing in the United States.) There has been a great deal of interest in determining the conditions under which captive nonhuman primates display 'psychological well-being', and how their well-being can be enhanced. One good source of information about providing captive laboratory primates with a more enriched life is available through the USDA Environmental Enrichment for Nonhuman Primates.

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These FAQs were written by John P. Capitanio, Ph.D., with assistance and updates from the Publications Committee of ASP. Special thanks to Jim Moore, Ph.D., and Phil Tillman, D.V.M.

Approved by the Board of Directors 30 June 1998.