Preparing New World monkeys for laboratory research

Suzette Tardif, Karen Bales, Lawrence Williams, Elisabeth Ludlage Moeller, David Abbott, Nancy Schultz-Darken, Sally Mendoza, William Mason, Sabrina Bourgeois, Julio Ruiz

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New World monkeys represent an important but often poorly understood research resource. The relatively small size and low zoonotic risk of these animals make them appealing as research subjects in a number of areas. However, historic portrayal of many of these species as difficult to manage and handle is one of the factors that has limited their use. Basic guidelines are provided on management and handling approaches for the New World monkeys most commonly used in research: marmosets, squirrel monkeys, owl monkeys, and titi monkeys. Topics include transport and acclimation to a new facility, location changes within a facility, diet changes, removal from and return to social groups, capture and restraint, handling for anesthesia, post-procedural monitoring, and staff training.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)307-315
Number of pages9
JournalILAR Journal
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Acclimation
  • Husbandry
  • Management
  • Marmoset
  • Owl monkey
  • Squirrel monkey
  • Titi monkey
  • Training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)


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