Handbook of Primate Husbandry and Welfare by Sarah WolfensohnHandbook of Primate Husbandry and Welfare by Sarah Wolfensohn

Handbook of Primate Husbandry and Welfare

bySarah Wolfensohn, Paul Honess

Paperback | February 11, 2005

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Handbook of Primate Husbandry and Welfare covers all aspects of primate care and management both in the laboratory environment and in zoos. From the welfare and ethics of primate captivity through to housing and husbandry systems, environmental enrichment, nutritional requirements, breeding issues, primate diseases, and additional information on transportation and quarantine proceedings, this book provides a completely comprehensive guide to good husbandry and management of primates. Designed to be a practical field manual, the authors present the material using lists, tables and illustrations to clarify best practice.
  • Representative species are covered – from marmosets through to macaques
  • One of the first books dedicated to the care of primates in captivity
  • Written by authors with many years of experience working with primates
  • Suitable for those working with primates in either laboratories or zoos
Sarah Wolfensohn and Paul Honess
Title:Handbook of Primate Husbandry and WelfareFormat:PaperbackDimensions:180 pages, 9.65 × 6.9 × 0.4 inPublished:February 11, 2005Publisher:WileyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1405111585

ISBN - 13:9781405111584

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Table of Contents



1 Primates: Their characteristics and relationship with man.

What is a primate?

Primate characteristics.

Why are primates special?

Ethical considerations of animals in captivity.

Legal considerations.

Further reading.

2 The physical environment.

Considerations in accommodation design.

Indoor/outdoor/combination facilities.

Environmental conditions.

Waste management.

Further research needed.

Further reading.

3 Staff, management and health and safety.

Selection of staff.

Training of staff.

Health and safety issues.

Lone working.

Employee security.

Further reading.

4 Nutrition.

Natural feeding ecology.

Diet formulation and processing.

Energy requirements.

Carbohydrate, protein and fat.

Minerals and vitamins.



Different life stages.

Hand rearing of infants.

Further reading.

5 Physical well-being.

Assessment of physical health.

Quarantine programme.

Health-screening programme.

Common infectious diseases.

Husbandry-related diseases.

Sedation of primates.

Further reading.

6 Psychological well-being.

Strategy for psychological well-being.

Environmental enrichment.

Assessment of psychological health.

Further reading.

7 Training of primates.

Why train primates?

Sociality and psychological well-being in primates.

Primate behaviour.

Modification of behaviour.

Further reading.

8 Breeding.

Group systems and sizes.

Primate fertility.

Natural suppression of fertility.

Reproductive cycles.

Artificial control of reproduction.

Pregnancy diagnosis.


Lactation and weaning.

Breeding lifespan.

Selection of breeding males.

Further reading.

9 Sourcing and transporting primates.



Provision during transport.

Post-move monitoring.

Further reading.


Editorial Reviews

"This book covers all aspects of primate care and management, in the laboratory and environment and zoos. It covers the welfare and ethics of primate captivitiy, housing, husbandry, environmental enrichment, nutritional requirements, breeding issues, primate diseases, transportation and quarantine procedures. This book would be of use to veterinarians and those who work with or who are involved in the care of captive primates." CAB Abstracts, 2005 "This book is a good source of reference for people working with primates or starting off a collection. There has been a lack of up-to-date concise books on this topic and the Handbook of Primate Husbandry and Welfare fills this niche." Primate Eye, Official Journal of Primate Society of Great Britain, 2005 "The book is a useful compendium of information on health, nutrition, housing, and management of the most commonly used primates in biomedical and behavioural research... it should be on the shelf of every animal facility that houses nonhuman primates" International Journal of Primatology, April 2006 "Thorough guide to the...care of laboratory and zoo-held monkeys...useful introduction into the mainly diverse and interconnected issues surrounding care and management of primates in captivity." Journal of Wildlife Diseases