Abstract # 24:

Scheduled for Saturday, September 13, 2014 04:20 PM-04:40 PM: Session 8 (Decatur A) Oral Presentation


IMPROVEMENTS IN LABORATORY PRIMATE WELFARE: DR. TERRY MAPLE’S INFLUENCE

M. Bloomsmith
Yerkes National Primate Res. Ctr., Emory University, Atlanta, GA 30329, USA
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     As many zoos have transitioned to housing and caring for animals in ways that promote animal welfare, a somewhat similar process has taken place in laboratory facilities that house primates. Some laboratory primates are housed in large groups with complex social structures, are living in outdoor enclosures, are receiving stimulating enrichment opportunities, and are being trained to cooperate using positive reinforcement training. This presentation will detail some of the changes that have taken place in primate laboratories, and will describe some of the mechanisms for change, including the role that Dr. Terry Maple has played in influencing some of these improvements. There are many complex problems surrounding the care of laboratory primates, and trained primatologists are a part of the solution to those problems. Dr. Maple has been instrumental in defining this role for primatologists and in promoting the importance of primatologists working in primate laboratories.