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1. What is primatology?

By Lesleigh Luttrell, University of Wisconsin

Unlike traditional academic disciplines, primatology is characterized by the taxon of organisms studied, not by the kinds of questions addressed. Primatologists share an interest in non-human primates, but otherwise are a highly diverse group including scientists, educators, conservationists, medical researchers and veterinarians among others. Some focus exclusively on non-human primates; while others study primates as models for human diseases, or as part of complex ecosystems. While most people who identify themselves as primatologists have post-graduate training, they come from a wide variety of fields.

A recent survey of the membership of the American Society of Primatologists found anthropology, psychology, biology/zoology and veterinary science as the most common disciplines of origin. Other represented fields include anatomy, biochemistry, genetics, medical science, pharmacology, and physiology. Research interests included primate behavior, biomedical and reproduction studies, ecology and conservation and animal husbandry.

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2. I am interested in a career in primatology. What resources are available?

The Careers in Primatology web site provides many sources of information and advice for anyone interested in the field of primatology.

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3. Can you give me some general sources of information about the primates?

Some useful print resources include:

A Complete Guide to Monkeys, Apes and Other Primates by Michael Kavanagh
The Natural History of Primates by Napier & Napier
A Multimedia Guide to the Nonhuman Primates by Frances Burton
The Pictorial Guide to the Living Primates by Noel Rowe

There are a number of species fact sheets available throughout the World Wide Web. You can find a pointer to some of them on our web server, Primate Info Net, at: /aboutp/factsheets/index.html

There are also many videos and slides available through the Wisconsin Primate Research Center's Audiovisual Resources.

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4. I know there is a lot of information available about the primates. Is there a central source for searching the literature?

PrimateLit, a bibliographic database that includes journal, monographic and other citations pertinent to primatology from 1940 to date.

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5. How do apes differ from monkeys?

"Apes differ from monkeys in several ways. Apes have no tail and generally have a larger body weight than most other primates. They have a more upright body posture and a broad chest.... Apes rely more on vision than on smell and have a short broad nose rather than a snout, as Old World monkeys do. Apes have a larger brain relative to the body size than other primates do...."

Rowe, Noel. The Pictorial Guide to the Primates. New York : Pogonias Press, 1996. P. 207.

The main difference is basically implied through their common names--the great apes are larger than the lesser apes. All the great apes are more closely related to each other than any are to the lesser apes. Additionally, some more specific differences involve the social organization, number of chromosomes, and the locomotion of the lesser apes.

The lesser apes (gibbons and siamangs) have a monogamous (also known as pair-bonded) social structure in which the social group consists of a single male, single female, and their offspring. Moreover, gibbons are sexually monomorphic (males and females are the same size which is common among monogamous primate species. Monogamy and monomorphism are unique to gibbons and siamangs within the ape family.

While all the great apes have 48 chromosomes (the diploid number), the lesser apes have a range of 44-52 within the 11 recognized species of lesser apes.

Gibbons move around with a type of locomotion known as brachiation. Gibbons swing from branch to branch with their curved fingers and long arms . Gibbons are the only apes to use this type of locomotion today although it is thought that the great apes were also once brachiators at some point in their evolutionary pasts and then eventually switched to their present types of locomotion (knuckle-walking for chimps and gorillas and quadromonous, or quadrupedal climbing, for orangutans).

Finally, there are currently 11 recognized species of lesser apes known as gibbons, all in the genus Hylobates. There are 10 which are commonly referred to as gibbons and the last is commonly referred to as the siamang. The siamangs are generally larger than the gibbons and have a more robust and stocky build compared to the gibbons.

For reference, refer to the following sources:
1. Rowe, Noel. The Pictorial Guide to Living Primates. Pogonias Press, East Hampton, New York, 1996.
2. Ankel-Simons, Friderun. Primate Anatomy. 2nd edition. Academic Press, San Diego, California, 2000.

See also: Is There a Difference Between Monkeys and Apes?

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6. What is the difference between Old and New World monkeys?

Old World generally refers to monkeys of Africa and Asia; New World, to monkeys of the Americas. In Old World monkeys, the nostrils face downward and are narrow. New World monkeys have round nostrils facing to the side. The dental formula of the larger New World monkeys includes 3 premolars. Old World monkeys have 2. Old World primates are diurnal and generally larger than their New World counterparts. Many of the Old World monkeys are partly terrestrial. Old World monkeys also have flattened nails on their digits, and most have pads (ischial callosities) on their buttocks.

Rowe, Noel. The Pictorial Guide to the Primates. New York : Pogonias Press, 1996. P. 119.

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7. How close are humans to the apes genetically?

Humans differ from both common chimps and bonobos in about 1.6% of DNA, and share 98.4%. Gorillas differ somewhat more, by about 2.3%, from us and from both of the chimps. Humans differ from orangutans by 3.6% of DNA, and from gibbons and siamangs by 5%.

Diamond, Jared. "The Third Chimpanzee," in The Great Ape Project. New York : St. Martin's Press, 1993. Pp. 94-95.

See also: What It Really Means To Be 99% Chimpanzee by Jonathan Marks.

Additional information about the genetic differences between primate species is available at: http://www.gate.net/~rwms/primegendist.html.

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8. Can you give me some general information about gorillas?

Here are some basic facts about gorillas:
Gorillas, chimpanzees and humans are all included in the same Family: Hominidae. Humans and chimpanzees share 98.4% of their genetic DNA makeup. Although there are differences in physical appearance, the great apes are man's closest relatives in the animal kingdom.

The gorilla is the largest of living primates and a close relative of humans. Males have a height of up to 1.7 metres and weigh 140-180 kg. Females have a height of up to 1.5 metres and weigh 90 kg. Gorillas have a black to brownish-grey coat which turns grey with age. Older males have a broad silvery-white saddle on their coat, and the dominant male of a group is often referred to as the "silverback." Gorilla skin is jet black almost from birth. There are three races of gorilla found in two widely separated areas of Africa, these being the Western Lowland gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla), the Eastern Lowland gorilla (G. g. graueri), and the mountain gorilla (G. g. berengei).

The most endangered race is the mountain gorilla, which lives only in the Virunga Volcanoes region of Zaire, Uganda and Rwanda, and in the Bwindi Forest Reserve of Uganda. These two habitats were once continuous but are now separated by a barrier of cultivated land which the gorillas will not cross since they avoid open areas. The preferred habitat of the mountain gorilla is forest edge, regenerating forest, montane forest, riverine forest, and in certain seasons, bamboo forest. They also occur in lower numbers in primary forest. Mountain gorillas range in altitude from 1,650 - 3,790 metres.

Gorillas are mainly ground dwelling animals. They walk on the soles of their hind limbs and the knuckles of their fore limbs. The mountain gorilla's diet consists of herbs, shrubs, vines and occasionally fruit. Gorillas never stay long enough at one feeding site to deplete their food source completely. They leave enough growth for rapid rejuvenation to occur.

Mountain gorillas live in groups that usually include a single mature male, two to four adult females and two to five immature animals (less than eight years old). Lone males are the only individuals living outside these groups. Aggression in gorillas is extremely rare and serious fights occur only when a group leader meets another group leader.

Females begin breeding at about 10 years of age, but males do not breed until they are at least 15 years. As a result of strong male-male competition, very few males have the opportunity to breed before 15-20 years of age. The gestation period is about 8.5 months, and usually only a single young is born. Offspring weigh 1.8-3.2 kg when first born, and their greyish-pink skin is sparsely covered with fur. They begin to crawl at about nine weeks and can walk from 30-40 weeks. Gorillas are weaned at 2.5-3 years of age. Females successfully produce offspring only once every four to eight years, since 40-60% of offspring die in their first year of life. No one knows exactly how long mountain gorillas live, but scientists estimate that they live to about 35 years in the wild.

A factsheet about the gorilla is available at http://pin.primate.wisc.edu/factsheets/entry/gorilla

The following are useful print sources for information about gorillas:

The Gentle Giants : the Gorilla Story / Geoffrey H. Bourne and Maury Cohen. -- New York : Putnam, [1975]

The Magnificent Gorilla : the Life History of a Great Ape / Don Cousins. -- Sussex, England : Book Guild, 1990.

The Natural History of the Gorilla / A. F. Dixson ; with a foreword by R. D. Martin. -- London : Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1981.

Gorillas in the Mist / Dian Fossey. -- Boston, Mass. : Houghton Mifflin, 1983.

Great Ape Societies / edited by William C. McGrew and Linda F. Marchant and Toshisada Nishida ; [foreword by Jane Goodall ; afterword by Junichiro Itani]. -- Cambridge ; New York, NY, USA : Cambridge University Press, 1996.

Gorillas / Sara Godwin ; principal photography by Gerry Ellis. -- New York : Mallard Press, 1990. [Juvenile]

Gorillas / Patricia Miller-Schroeder. -- Austin, Tex. : Raintree Steck-Vaughn, c1997. [Juvenile]

Gorillas / [created and written by John Bonnett Wexo]. -- [San Diego : Wildlife Education, Ltd., c1984]. [Juvenile]

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9. Can you give me some general information about orangutans?

Here are some basic facts about orangutans:
by Kara Lascola, Tufts University.

Orangutan is Malaysian for "man of the forest". The orangutan is endangered due to deforestation and the spread of human populations into its habitat. Previously, the orangutan's habit covered all of Indonesia, Malaysia, Southeast Asia and parts of India and China. Unfortunately, today the orang can only be found in Borneo and Sumatra.

In the wild the orang's lifespan is 35 years and in captivity it is 50 years.

Orangutans are tropical rainforest animals. However, they can be found from sea level swamp forests to montane forests at altitudes of 2000 meters. Orangs are arboreal (tree dwelling) frugivores (fruit eaters). They live high in the trees, rarely comming to the ground. They are very unsocial animals. Females are found mainly with their young offspring and males are solitary and very territorial. Unfortunately, most of the orangs' habitat is disappearing. The estimated population of orangs is 20,000 individuals.

Orangs are very difficult to study. They tend to be very fearful of humans and avoid contact when possible. This may be due to the extent to which orangutans have been hunted by man. While they are protected from hunting in some areas, they have been hunted to extinction elsewhere and are still hunted in some areas for medicine and sport or as pets or pests.

Human beings are probably the only enemy the orang has. Due to their large body size and the fact that they live high in the trees, they are not exposed to predators on the ground. The defense orangs have taken against humans is avoidance. But while humans are the main threat to orangs, they also provide some defense for them. Certain indigenous populations on Borneo protect orangs from hunting, trade of orangutans has been made illegal and rehabilitation centers and protected reserves have been established.

Adult male orangutans develop their large cheeks several years after reaching sexual maturity. It is most likely only the dominant adult males who develop these features. These large cheeks are called a secondary sexual characteristic of males. Among human males, the growth of a beard is an example of a secondary sexual characteristic. For adult male orangutans these large cheeks play a role in sexual attraction to females and in the production of the "long call", a very loud call used by adult males to mark their territory and communicate with other orangs.

A factsheet about the orangutan is available at http://pin.primate.wisc.edu/factsheets/entry/orangutan

The following are useful print sources for information about orangutans:

Orang-utans in Borneo / Gisela Kaplan and Lesley Rogers ; photography by Gisela Kaplan. -- Armidale, N.S.W. [Australia] : University of New England Press, c1994.

The Neglected Ape / edited by Ronald D. Nadler ... [et al.]. -- New York : Plenum Press, 1996.

Orangutan Species Survival Plan Husbandry Manual / Carol Sodaro, ed. -- [Chicago] : Chicago Zoological Park, [1997].

Orang utans : die Waldmenschen von Sumatra und Borneo / Konrad Wother [and] Carsten Clemens. -- Steinfurt [Germany] : Tecklenborg Verlag, c1996.

The Orangutan / by Ruth Ashby. -- 1st ed. -- New York : Dillon Press ; Toronto : Maxwell Macmillan Internnational ; New York : Macmillan International, c1994. [Juvenile]

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10. Where can I find information about Koko the gorilla?

There are a number of videos and books on Koko. The Wisconsin Primate Research Center Library loans books for a four week period and videos for a two week period. Your local library may be able to borrow the items you can't find locally. Go to http://pin.primate.wisc.edu/av/avuse.htmlfor more information about how to borrow these items.

The address for the Gorilla Foundation, where Koko and another signing gorilla named Michael live, is:

The Gorilla Foundation
Box 620-530
Woodside, CA 94062
http://www.gorilla.org/

They produce a newsletter about Koko, titled Gorilla : Journal of the Gorilla Foundation.

The following materials on Koko are held in the WRPRC Library.
Koko Bibliography:

Koko's Kitten [videorecording] / produced by The Gorilla Foundation and Churchill Films. -- Los Angeles : Churchill Films, 1989.

Koko's Story [videorecording] / produced by Denise Yamada -- [San Diego, Calif.] : KNSD-TV, 1990.

Koko : a Talking Gorilla [videorecording] / a film by Barbet Schroeder. -- [Burbank, Calif.] : Warner Home Video, c1991.

With Love from Koko / by Faith McNulty ; illustrated by Annie Cannon. -- New York, NY : Scholastic, c1990.

The Education of Koko / Francine Patterson & Eugene Linden ; photographs by Ronald H. Cohn. -- 1st ed. -- New York : Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, c1981.

Koko's Kitten / by Francine Patterson ; photographs by Ronald H. Cohn. -- New York : Scholastic, c1985.

Koko's Story / by Francine Patterson ; photographs by Ronald H. Cohn. -- New York : Scholastic Inc., c1986.

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11. Do you have a current estimate of the chimpanzee populations?

Early in the 20th century there may have been several million common chimpanzees. Current population estimates show that common chimpanzee numbers have dwindled to between 150,000 to 235,000 individuals, with most of the remaining animals found in the Central African forests of Zaire, Gabon, Congo, and Cameroon. The pygmy chimpanzee (Pan paniscus) has not been studied as heavily as the common chimpanzee and therefore population numbers are not as well known, but estimates have been made ranging from 15,000 to over 100,000.

Source: Nowak, Ronald M. Walker's Primates of the World. 1999.

Historically chimpanzees lived in the forests of Africa in an area that falls across 25 countries. Chimps have currently gone extinct in 4 of those 25 countries and the populations have been reduced significantly enough that they are in great danger of extinction in 5 more countries. There are only 10 countries that have populations over 1,000, and the common estimate is that there are less than 150,000 - 200,000 chimpanzees remaining in all of Africa.

Source: Nola, Dora. PrimeApes. 4(1): 1-6, 1999.

According to population estimates in Chris and Tilde Stuart's Africa's Vanishing Wildlife, there are under 17,000 western chimpanzees, over 80,000 central chimpanzees, and below 100,000 eastern chimpanzees in the wild, with perhaps another 3-5,000 in captivity.

"Populations of the three chimpanzee subspecies are all in decline but the western chimpanzee is under the greatest threat and is considered to be endangered." The primary cause of the decrease in the number of chimpanzees is deforestation in Africa for logging and farming. It is estimated that the chimpanzee population will drop another 20% in the next 10 years.

Source: Stuart, Chris and Tilde. Africa's Vanishing Wildlife. Washington, DC : Smithsonian Institution Press, 1996. pp. 64-67.

Common chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) are divided into three widely recognized subspecies: eastern (P. t. schweinfurthi) between Tanzania and Zaire, north and east of the Zaire River; central (P. t. troglodytes) between Zaire and Nigeria; and western (P. t. verus) between Nigeria (Togo) and Senegal. It has been estimated that there are approximately 8000 eastern chimpanzees outside of Zaire, of these about 5,000 are found in Uganda. Zaire may have over 5,000, but surveys are needed to get a solid estimate. Central chimpanzees are the most numerous, with perhaps 80,000 living mainly in Gabon and Congo. The western subspecies is patchily distributed and may number no more than 12,000.

The bonobo (Pan paniscus) has a discontinuous range. They are found in the Central Zaire Basin of Equatorial Africa, south of the Zaire and east of the Lomami Rivers. Investigators estimate that fewer than 25,000 and more likely 10,000 to 20,000.

Source: African Primates. Compiled by John F. Oates. 1996.

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12. Are new primate species still being discovered?

A list of new primate species described since 1990 is available at: http://pin.primate.wisc.edu/aboutp/taxonomy/newspecies.html.

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13. Do primates make good pets?

In general exotic animals are not recommended as pets. According to Advisory Memorandum No. 65 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), non-human primates are NOT admissible into the U.S. as "pets." Once primates are in the USA their use as pets is governed by state and local jurisdictions--and these vary greatly. Some states require a permit for certain species of animals. If you decide to obtain a non-human primate to be kept as a pet, you should contact your State Veterinarian and state and local health and zoning officials.

Sources of information on this topic include Primate Info Net, the web site of the Wisconsin Primate Research Center. The page Primates as Pets includes comments from pet owners and well as other useful information for those considering keeping a primate as a pet.

Also contact the Simian Society of America. Their web site can be found at http://www.simiansociety.org. They are an organization which offers advice and support for people who have primates as pets. The have produced a useful booklet for primate pet owners Primate Care (2nd edition), 1997.

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14. If I have a primate as a pet - where can I go for help and information?

If your local veterinarian deals with exotic animals as pets, this could be your first source to contact. The Simian Society -- a group of pet primate owners -- has published a spiral-bound book which you should find helpful, called Primate Care (Primate Care : a Handbook. -- Tucson, Ariz. : Simian Society of America, [1995]). In addition to these two sources, our website, Primate Info Net(PIN), has a great deal of information about primate care and health concerns.

There are also web sites which provide information about having primates as pets which you may want to look at. One such site is Monkey Maddness.

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15. How do I find schools which have a strong program in primatology?

Many colleges and universities in the US offer some courses in primatology. Very few if any, offer programs which lead to degrees specifically in primatology. People often take degrees in anthropology, psychology, zoology or veterinary medicine. People planning on careers in biomedical research will get Medical School related degrees. Remember that working with primates means you can be an animal care taker, a university professor, a zoo director, a field researcher, a curator of a primate house, the editor of a primate related newsletter, etc. There are many things you can do which involved working with primates. Keep in mind that this is a competitive field and that you will have to be well prepared.

The Careers in Primatology web page contains links to resources related to educational opportunities in primatology. Among the things you will find is a Directory to Graduate Programs in Primatology--this lists selected programs and is updated annually by Judith Schrier, Editor of the Laboratory Primate Newsletter.

Many urban zoos offer training and educational programs for young people. Be sure to contact your local zoo and ask about opportunities to learn about the primates.

You should also consider looking at the International Directory of Primatology. This directory lists programs worldwide which offer educational programs. It is a comprehensive directory to the field of primatology and would give you a sense of the scope of activities which comprise the field. You can also use the directory search page to find out which programs involved chimpanzees, lemurs, etc.

In any event, it would be useful for you to talk to someone who is currently working with primates and is in a position similar to one that you would hope to have when you graduate. Do keep in mind that most professional positions in primatology require an advanced degree--but not all. There are many positions in zoos, sanctuaries and other captive environments for which an undergraduate degree will suffice. The International Directory will give you some idea of the different kinds of people and environments which relate to working with primates. A companion tool to the International Directory is the World Directory of Primatologists--you can search this by name, subject or species at /idp/wdp/

You may also want to look at Primate- Jobs. At this site you will see some current employment opportunities and listings (with credentials) of people who are seeking positions.

In choosing a program, consider the resources in primatology which are available at that institution, the background of the faculty and the range of courses offered. If you want to compare undergraduate programs at a number of institutions which offer courses in primatology look again at Primate Info Net and search on syllabi--this will take you to the course syllabi for several college and university programs.

Remember that you can visit the Websites of many universities and colleges. These often list departmental faculty, courses, requirements, class schedules and a place to ask questions on-line. Look, for example, at the Anthropology Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison: http://www.wisc.edu/anthropology

Two professional societies, the International Primatological Society and the American Society of Primatologists both have education committees which may be able to provide additional suggestions.

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16. Where can I find information on monkeys trained to help people with disabilities?

For information about non-human primates (usually capuchin monkeys) trained to help people with disabilities, you should visit the Helping Hands site on the Web. The address is:

http://www.helpinghandsmonkeys.org

PIN has additional information on this subject, including a list of videotapes and a bibliography of articles which appeared in newspapers and journals.

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17. Where can I look for primatological meeting and conference information?

The Primate Info Net Meetings Calendar lists national or international meetings, seminars, workshops, art exhibits or other events with a focus on primatology, and broader meetings which a substantive number of primatologists may attend.

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18. Where can I find out which zoos or research centers have certain primates?

The International Species Information System (ISIS) provides an on-line list of species held at over 500 zoos worldwide.

To find primate populations in research centers or other non-zoological programs, search the International Directory of Primatology.

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19. Who can I contact regarding the availability of primates for research?

The Primate Supply Information Clearinghouse (PSIC) "provides communication between research institutions to facilitate exchanges of non-human primates or their tissues. Inquiries on availability of animals or tissues, and offers of available animals or tissues are accepted from any research institution or zoological park. The PSIC encourages placement and use of domestically-bred animals for research institutions. The goal of the PSIC is to increase sharing of these animals, thereby decreasing the need to import animals for research, and to ultimately decrease the number of animals needed." PSIC services are not available for "private pet owners, commercial breeders, dealers, brokers, importer-exporters, pet trade animal suppliers, exhibitors, or those using non-human primates for commercial or entertainment purposes".

The Primate Supply Information Clearinghouse
University of Washington Primate Center
Box 357330
Seattle, WA 98195-7330
phone: 1-206-543-5178
fax: 1-206-616-1710
email: psic@u.washington.edu

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20. I am looking for a colleague in the field of primatology. Where can I find his or her email or other contact info?

The World Directory of Primatologists and the International Directory of Primatology are available on the Primate Info Net at:

http://pin.primate.wisc.edu/idp/index.html

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21. What causes wasting in marmosets?

Carol L. Emerson, a former research Veterinarian at the Wisconsin Primate Research Center, wrote the following:

This question "... has no specific answer. Almost anything that upsets marmosets will result in wasting, unless you are very careful. Wasting is really a secondary consequence of : chronic or acute disease/infection of ALL kinds, gut upsets, too cool room temperatures, disturbance of colony due to construction/too many visitors/frequent loud noises nearby, inappropriate diet, "stress", and the list goes on. Wasting is a generalised heterogeneous end-state following any or a combination of the above insults. The best thing to do is to focus on the actual cause of your problem and not to just try and treat the wasting as there is no single treatment for wasting: it is caused by too many things.

A good author to search for regarding so-called marmoset wasting syndrome is C.M. Hawkey between 1980-1996. Chris showed that wasting is not an actual syndrome, its just the end result of a multitude of different initial pathologies."

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22. How many non-human primates are used in research, and what kinds?

According to the USDA's AWA Inspection reports, 54,998 primates were used in research during 2004.

A current census by ISIS (the International Species Information System) says that there are 2500 captive chimps known globally, 1500 of which are housed in six U.S. biomedical institutions. The United States government now owns or supports some 900-1000 chimpanzees.

Source: Chimpanzees in Research, National Research Council, 1997

"Each year, approximately 9,000 primates are imported for scientific and exhibition use. The health and safety hazards associated with exposure to monkeys and other nonhuman primates (NHP) are well documented. Exposure to imported NHPs present potential infectious disease risks, which may include emerging infectious diseases such as Ebola-Reston and other filoviruses, B-Virus, and tuberculosis. Since 1975, the Federal Quarantine Regulations (42CFR71.53; http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dq/lawsand.htm) have restricted the importation of NHP. Importers must register with the CDC, implement disease control measures, and may distribute NHP for only bonafide scientific, educational, or exhibition purposes. Importation for use as pets is not permitted under any circumstances. These restrictions also apply to the reimportation of NHPs originating in the United States."

Source: Center for Disease Control , www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dq/nonhuman.htm, last reviewed May 1, 2000.

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23. Do any primates have opposable thumbs?

Napier and Napier define opposition as:

"A movement by which the pulp surface of the thumb is placed squarely in contact with - or diametrically opposite to - the terminal pads of one or all of the remaining digits" While an opposable thumb is one of the hallmarks of humans, it is not unique to the species. What is unique to Homo sapiens sapiens is the broad area of the contact achieved between the compressible pulps of the index finger and thumb. Not all primates are capable of opposing their thumbs. The necessary movement for true opposability is the rotation of the about its own long axis. Without this rotation the movement of the thumb towards the palm is a form of pseudo-opposability where pulp-to-pulp contact of the thumb and digits is not possible.

Source: Napier and Napier. The Natural History of the Primates. MIT Press, 1985.

There are four categories of thumb movements determined by the degree of independence of the thumb. They are:
1) Non-opposable thumbs. Examples: tarsiers, marmosets
2) Pseudo-opposable thumbs. Examples: all prosimians, Cebidae
3) Opposable thumbs. Examples: Old World monkeys, great apes, humans
4) Opposable, comparatively long thumbs. Examples: Hylobatidae

Source: Ankel-Simons, Friderun. Primate Anatomy. Academic Press, 2000.

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24. What Internet resources are available from the Wisconsin Primate Research Center?

The WPRC Library and Information Service has many resources available for people interested in the field of primatology, including books, periodicals, and audiovisual materials. In addition, Primate Info Net provides access to a number of internet resources maintained by the WPRC.

QUICK GUIDE TO INTERNET PROGRAMS
Wisconsin Primate Research Center
University of Wisconsin--Madison (USA)
Telephone: 1-608-263-3512
Fax: 1-608-263-3041

1. PRIMATE-SCIENCE
FOCUS: A professionally oriented electronic discussion forum for people involved in research using nonhuman primates.

2. AUDIOVISUAL SERVICES
FOCUS: An archival collection of primate related videotapes slides and audiotapes which may be borrowed for research or educational purposes.
To borrow from or contribute an item to the WRPRC Audiovisual Archive, send email to: Ray Hamel, hamel@primate.wisc.edu

3. INTERNATIONAL DIRECTORY OF PRIMATOLOGY
FOCUS: A directory to the field of primatology, includes detailed information about organizations, people, species held, educational programs, primates in zoos, information resources.

4. PRIMATE INFO NET
FOCUS: An information resource for primatologists, includes a taxonomy, endangered primates listings, the World Directory of Primatologists, newsletters, veterinary resources, etc. Documents can be viewed and downloaded locally.

5. ASKPRIMATE
FOCUS: An internet reference service available to the public.

6. PRIMATE-JOBS
FOCUS: An internet job listing service. Includes positions available and wanted.

7. CAREERS IN PRIMATOLOGY
FOCUS: A resource providing information about educational and employment opportunities in primatology.

8. PRIMATE FACTSHEETS
FOCUS: A series of factsheets designed as a starting point to find information about the various primate species

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Compiled by Diane Rowe, Spring 1999
Updated June 2006