Abstract # 91:

Scheduled for Saturday, August 26, 2017 01:45 PM-03:00 PM: (Grand Ballroom) Symposium


REARING MACAQUE INFANTS IN A CAPTIVE SETTING

J. M. Worlein1 and P. J. Pierre2
1Washington National Primate Res. Ctr., University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195, USA, 2Wisconsin National Primate Res. Ctr.
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     Clinical and research constraints sometimes require nursery rearing of infant macaques. Although past studies have identified nursery rearing as one risk factor for developing atypical behaviors, considerable progress has been made in changing nursery rearing methods to enhance infant well-being as well as improve behavioral outcomes. Techniques have also been developed that allow successful placement of infants with foster dams, thus eliminating the need for nursery rearing in these cases. This symposium will cover topics including: best practices and recent improvements in nursery rearing, long-term outcomes for nursery-reared rhesus (Macaca mulatta) and pigtailed (Macaca nemestrina) macaques, veterinary considerations/clinical management of nursery-reared infants and techniques for successfully fostering infants. Emphasis will be placed on the importance of providing supportive environments after the infants leave the nursery and making data driven decisions regarding rearing methods. This symposium is sponsored by the National Primate Research Centers’ Behavioral Management Consortium.