Abstract # 13159 Poster # 75:

Scheduled for Thursday, August 9, 2018 06:00 PM-08:00 PM: (Chula Vista ) Poster Presentation


SPACE ALLOCATION AND AFRICAN GREEN MONKEY (CHLOROCEBUS AETHIOPS) SOCIAL GROUP INTRODUCTIONS

S. D. Breaux, J. J. Breaux and R. L. Clark
University of Louisiana at Lafayette-New Iberia Research Center, PO Box 13610, New Iberia, LA 70562, USA
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     African Green monkeys (AGM) at the UL Lafayette-New Iberia Research Center have historically been housed in breeding pairs or trios. Renovations of social housing space recently afforded our facility the opportunity to transition to more naturalistic multi-male/multi-female groups of AGMs. Between December 2015 and January 2018, we introduced 13 groups of unfamiliar AGMs in two types of indoor/outdoor enclosures: small box cages (SBC; 195 sqft) or large box cages (LBC; 696 sqft). Multi-male groups were comprised of adult male pairs, juvenile and adult male pairs, and trios or groups of 4 young adult males (~5yrs old) that were previously housed in bachelor groups. Groups of 6-8 unfamiliar females and 1-2 males were introduced in SBCs; groups of 11-22 unfamiliar females and 2-4 males were introduced in LBCs. We compared the retention of individuals in newly introduced social groups in the two sizes of indoor/outdoor housing. Average density was 22.9 sqft/animal in SBCs and 35.9 sqft/animal in LBCs. In SBCs, 57.1% of animals introduced remain in the groups 6-13 months post-introduction and 71.5% animals introduced in LBCs remain in the groups 1-5 months post-introduction. As we continue to monitor groups established in large box cages, this preliminary analysis may suggest that unfamiliar AGMs can be introduced more successfully when additional enclosure space is available.