Abstract # 30:

Scheduled for Thursday, August 17, 2006 09:30 AM-12:00 PM: Session 3 (Regency East #3) Poster Presentation

Ruppenthal Symposium, Gadgets from the Past: Where are they Now? The “RUPERCH”

C. Kenney, G. Ruppenthal and M. Novak
Laboratory of Comparative Ethology, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, NIH Animal Center, Poolesville, MD 20837, USA
     The Ruperch is an animal operated foldable perch for use in the enrichment of nonhuman primates. This stainless steel perch can be folded up against the cage wall or pulled down to a horizontal position, providing the animals with a platform in which to sit or stand. When the animal leaves the perch it automatically returns to a vertical position against the cage side. Thus, animals are allowed some control over their housing environment. In addition, the Ruperch provides increased floor space within an animals cage for locomotor activity, unlike the standard perch used in most facilities today. This research was supported (in part) by the intramural research program of the NICHD of the NIH.