Abstract # 13317 Event # 175:

Scheduled for Saturday, August 24, 2019 10:00 AM-11:30 AM: (Room 313) Symposium


MACROENVIRONMENTAL PARAMETERS AND PRIMATE WELFARE

K. C. Baker1, M. A. Truelove2 and A. N. Edes3
1Tulane National Primate Research Center, 18703 Three Rivers Rd., Covington, LA 70433, USA, 2Yerkes National Primate Research Center, 3Center for Species Survival, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute
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     While the features within a nonhuman primate’s primary enclosure have obvious impacts on welfare, the nature of the macroenvironment also influences well-being. It is important in behavioral management to identify key environmental parameters and their valance. Where found to be negative, some effects can be mitigated, while others do not lend themselves to amelioration. In the latter case, it is important to anticipate welfare challenges and explore means for buffering individuals against these effects. The goal of this symposium is to increase awareness of the role of the macroenvironment on welfare in a variety of species and contexts. Presentations will pertain to the care of four nonhuman primate species in both the zoo and research setting. Beyond providing data on environmental variables presented, the symposium will also use the presentations as a springboard for discussing other species and aspects of the macroenvironment. These may include visual and auditory exposure to other animals, illumination and light schedules, and temperature and temperature fluctuations. The target participants in this symposium include behavioral management and animal care professionals and staff, scientists engaged in relevant research or concerned about research confounds, and veterinarians. Last, informed proactive involvement in the design or modification of caging, enclosures and buildings would be ideal for supporting well-being in the long-term. This symposium will better prepare individuals to effectively raise macroenvironmental issues in these contexts.