Abstract # 54:

Scheduled for Thursday, June 18, 2015 04:20 PM-04:35 PM: (Cascade F) Oral Presentation


THE RETIREMENT AND INTEGRATION OF FORMER LABORATORY-HOUSED CHIMPANZEES (PAN TROGLODYTES) AT CHIMP HAVEN

A. Fultz, K. Taylor and R. Jackson-Jewett
Chimp Haven, Inc., 13600 Chimpanzee Place, Keithville, Louisiana 71047, USA
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     In 2011, the National Academy of Sciences and the National Research Council concluded that chimpanzees were no longer necessary for most biomedical research. The decision led to the retirement of 115 additional chimpanzees to Chimp Haven, Inc. in 2013 and 2014 (50 males, 65 females, mean age=24.7, range 2-53) from three different facilities. Ninety-nine of the chimpanzees have been integrated into 14 pre-existing groups with an average group size of 10.64 (range 4-23). Others (n = 16) have not been integrated due to viral status or space availability. The process of accepting chimpanzees begins months prior to their actual arrival at Chimp Haven with positive communication between the National Institutes of Health, the sending laboratory, and Chimp Haven all being important factors leading to successful retirement. Both medical and behavioral records are sent by the sending institution and reviewed by Chimp Haven staff members. The laboratory and sanctuary work together to decide on space available for quarantine procedures and tentative dates for shipment which are then shared with the shipper. Staff members from the sending laboratory often accompany the chimpanzees to ease their transition to the sanctuary. The entire process of retiring the chimpanzees requires collaboration and cooperation between diverse groups of people and the socialization process requires the support and involvement of the behavioral, veterinary, and husbandry staff at Chimp Haven.