Abstract # 6108 Event # 45:

Scheduled for Thursday, June 18, 2015 03:35 PM-03:50 PM: (Cascade F) Oral Presentation


WHAT ENABLES A UNIVERSITY TO WORK EFFECTIVELY WITH A PRIVATE SANCTUARY TO RETIRE NONHUMAN PRIMATES

D. M. Fragaszy, C. King and L. Alworth
University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602-3013, USA
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     University personnel and directors of private sanctuaries must navigate several challenges to retire nonhuman primates from laboratories to sanctuaries. We describe how people at the University of Georgia and Jungle Friends Sanctuary recently accomplished retiring a colony of monkeys. Three features of the sanctuary were critical to the University’s ability to partner with Jungle Friends. First, the university ascertained that the sanctuary would provide appropriate high-quality care to the species under consideration. Second, the university determined that Jungle Friends had adequate financial resources and planning to provide life-time care for the number of monkeys that would be transferred to them. Third, the university was satisfied that it would receive positive media exposure from Jungle Friends for the transfer, and that it could partner with Jungle Friends for joint benefit in this effort. The individual investigating the possibility of retiring primates in his/her institution’s care to a private sanctuary should be prepared to provide information about these features to the university, and for the sanctuary, to confirm that the university will actively assist with the expenses and logistics of the transfer process. We discuss how the individual researcher can learn about the relevant features of the sanctuary and the university, ways to present this information effectively to the two entities, and ways to enhance mutual benefits to the retirees, sanctuary and university from a retirement project.