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Barbados Primate Research Center and Wildlife Reserve (Established 1980)
Primate Center, Lab or Research Program
Web Site: http://Barbados Primate Research Center and Wildlife Reserve

Director: Jean Baulu
Phone: 1 (246) 419 0495 cell 1 246 230 9409   Fax: 1 (246) 422-8946   E-Mail: or
Farley Hill, St. Peter BB24014 BARBADOS

Mission: Control of C. sabaeus which is an agricultural pest. Production of monkeys (wild and SPF captive-bred) for polio vaccine safety testing and development and autoimmune diagnostic tests. Local and overseas contract research projects use this CRO's facilities and resources. Display of animals to promote eco-tourism, and gifts of monkeys to zoos to promote Barbados Wildlife Reserve. Center is AAALAC accredited. Breeding colony 2,000 C. sabaeus (green monkey).

Principal Research Programs: Screening and shipping of live AGMs and / or their organs internationally.

Breeding of specific pathogen free (SPF) first and second generation animals.

Short History and Health status of Chlorocebus sabaeus (Barbados green monkeys)

C. sabaeus African green monkeys (AGMs) of Barbados were introduced to the island during the 17th century. The Barbados Primate Research Center and Wildlife Reserve (BPRC&WR) is a private, non-profit organization. It has a breeding colony of AGMs (n= 2000) and holds a variable number of wild caught monkeys (n ~ 500). BPRC&WR has been screening and shipping live monkeys and/or their organs for over 40 years.

The animals are free of simian retroviruses (SIV, SRV-1, SRV-2, SRV-5, STLV-1), HSV-1, HSV-2, EBV, Herpes B, SV40, Simian V-Zoster Antibody and TB.

The island of Barbados is free of Marburg, Yellow Fever, Ebola, Rabies and Measles and the primates housed on the facility have additionally be found free of Leptospirosis and Dengue.

BPRC&WR also provides SPF animals especially free of Foamy Virus and Cytomegalovirus CMV/SA6, SA8 , ideal for use in vaccine safety testing.

Training Opportunities: Educational opportunities available for: Pre-College, Undergraduate, Graduate, Professional; Program emphasis: Epidemiology; Breeding; Anthropometric; Field studies; Crop damage; Genetic; Financial support rarely available.

Number of Staff: 30

Associated Field Sites: Barbados Wildlife Reserve is a successful 30-year tourism eco development project.

Supported Species: Chlorocebus sabaeus (green monkey)

Publications: Regular publications in primatology-related journals.

Comments: Blood bank of over 30,000 different animals (C. sabaeus) captured during a 40 year period. Information includes age/sex category, weight, location of capture, date. These samples provide a valuable resource for epidemiological, genetic, virology, and immunology research programs.

Last Updated: 2018-04-23

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