Abstract # 48:

Scheduled for Thursday, June 18, 2015 03:50 PM-04:05 PM: (Cascade F) Oral Presentation


CHALLENGES ASSOCIATED WITH INITIATING A NEW SANCTUARY FOR OLD WORLD PRIMATES

S. D. Kubisch
6415 North 800 West, Winamac, IN 46996, USA
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Old world monkeys such as macaques and baboons make up the vast majority of primates utilized in the research community. For a variety of economic, political and policy reasons, there has been a recent rise in the number of organizations seeking to retire these animals and as such an increased demand for high-quality and sustainable sanctuary space. The sanctuary has grown in carefully measured increments since its inception, due in part to the understanding of the need for a strong financial base to ensure sustainability. In this talk, I will discuss the process of determining the feasibility for creating the sanctuary, and the critical decisions that shaped the organizational structure. Working with laboratory managers and scientists, the sanctuary has identified hundreds of potentially-retireable monkeys and here I will discuss how these decisions are made and what tangible restrictions limit future growth in this area. Special attention will be given to the specific challenges in managing these species. Through transparent negotiations and a conservative growth strategy, it is possible to work productively between and across stakeholder groups to meet the lifetime needs of the primates that require our help.