Abstract # 6103 Event # 42:

Scheduled for Thursday, June 18, 2015 03:20 PM-03:35 PM: (Cascade F) Oral Presentation


RESEARCH RETIREMENT: BRIDGING THE GAP BETWEEN RESEARCH AND SANCTUARY

K. Bagnall
13915 State Road 121 , Gainesville, Florida 32653, USA
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     According to the Animal Usage by Research Facilities report compiled by the USDA, there were 64,107 non-human primates used in research, testing, teaching and/or experimentation during Fiscal Year 2013. Due to a range of factors, there is a growing impetus to retire former lab-housed monkeys to sanctuary settings where they can receive appropriate care outside of their use in research. Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary, an accredited primate sanctuary in Florida, recognized an opportunity to bridge the gap between the research and sanctuary communities to create a transparent and mutually beneficial process by which researchers could retire monkeys no longer needed for science. Today, there are over 200 monkeys housed at the facility including capuchins, squirrel monkeys, marmosets and tamarins, many of which were retired from university-based laboratories. In this presentation, we will describe the proven process by which researchers and sanctuaries can work cooperatively toward a common goal of safe and sustainable retirement for these monkeys. Consideration of important policy (licensing, accreditation); communication (confidentiality, publicity); financial (care costs, construction) and management (transportation, socialization) factors is essential to ensuring that all stakeholders are satisfied with the results of this important collaborative process. The success of this model can be of use to researchers and managers seeking to retire their research subjects in the future.