- Representative species are covered from marmosets through to macaques
- One of the first books dedicated to the care of primates in captivity
- Written by authors with many years of experience working with primates
- Suitable for those working with primates in either laboratories or zoos
1 Primates: Their characteristics and relationship with man.
What is a primate?
Why are primates special?
Ethical considerations of animals in captivity.
2 The physical environment.
Considerations in accommodation design.
Further research needed.
3 Staff, management and health and safety.
Selection of staff.
Training of staff.
Health and safety issues.
Natural feeding ecology.
Diet formulation and processing.
Carbohydrate, protein and fat.
Minerals and vitamins.
Different life stages.
Hand rearing of infants.
5 Physical well–being.
Assessment of physical health.
Common infectious diseases.
Sedation of primates.
6 Psychological well–being.
Strategy for psychological well–being.
Assessment of psychological health.
7 Training of primates.
Why train primates?
Sociality and psychological well–being in primates.
Modification of behaviour.
Group systems and sizes.
Natural suppression of fertility.
Artificial control of reproduction.
Lactation and weaning.
Selection of breeding males.
9 Sourcing and transporting primates.
Provision during transport.
"This book is a good source of reference for people working with primates or starting off a collection. There has been a lack of up–to–date concise books on this topic and the Handbook of Primate Husbandry and Welfare fills this niche." (Primate Eye, Official Journal of Primate Society of Great Britain, 2005)
"The book is a useful compendium of information on health, nutrition, housing, and management of the most commonly used primates in biomedical and behavioural research... it should be on the shelf of every animal facility that houses nonhuman primates" (International Journal of Primatology, April 2006)
"Thorough guide to the care of laboratory and zoo–held monkeys useful introduction into the mainly diverse and interconnected issues surrounding care and management of primates in captivity." (Journal of Wildlife Diseases)