Abstract # 134:

Scheduled for Friday, June 22, 2012 07:00 PM-09:00 PM: Session 22 (Gardenia) Poster Presentation


TINJIL ISLAND NATURAL HABITAT BREEDING FACILITY, INDONESIA: 25 YEARS OF OPERATION

R. C. Kyes1,2, J. Pamungkas2, D. Iskandriati2, E. Iskandar2, A. Lelana2 and D. Sajuthi2
1Depts. of Psychology & Global Health, Center for Global Field Study, and Washington National Primate Research Center, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195, USA, 2Primate Research Center, Bogor Agricultural University, Bogor, West Java, Indonesia
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     This year, 2012, marks the 25th anniversary of the founding of the Tinjil Island Natural Habitat Breeding Facility (NHBF) in Indonesia. The facility was established as a primate breeding program to provide long-tailed macaques (Macaca fascicularis) for use in biomedical research in Indonesia and the U.S. while also contributing to the conservation efforts of naturally occurring M. fascicularis populations. Between 1988 and 1994, 520 macaques were released onto the island to create the initial breeding population. Population surveys have been conducted annually to assist in the management of a stable, self-sustaining population. Current population size is estimated at 1,350 animals. To date, 2950 progeny have been removed from the island for use in biomedical research. In addition to its role as a primate resource facility, Tinjil Island has served as an outstanding site for field research and training programs. The long-running “Field Course in Conservation Biology and Global Health: At the Human-Environment Interface” has been conducted annually since 1991 along with the concurrent International Field Study Program-Indonesia that began in 1995. More than 287 university students and professionals from Indonesia and seven other countries have participated in this annual training program to date. Over the past 25 years, the Tinjil NHBF has served as a model for natural habitat breeding and international collaboration. Supported in part by the PSSP-IPB and NIH RR-00166.