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Primate Enrichment Forum (PEF)

The Primate Enrichment Forum (PEF) is an email list designed to facilitate communication between professionals working at primate biomedical research facilities on the topic of environment enrichment for nonhuman primates. The list is open to animal caretakers, veterinary, research, and behavioral technicians, veterinarians, colony managers, research scientists, and behaviorists/enrichment coordinators, including staff at the NCRR Primate Centers and other research-based primate centers and laboratories worldwide.

PEF is hosted by the Wisconsin Primate Research Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and administered by David Seelig at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine (


The purpose of this forum is to foster discussion amongst professionals involved in the care and use of nonhuman primates in biomedical research on the topic of environmental and social enrichment.


The following topics are amongst those covered by this forum:

  • Foraging and feeding enrichment
  • Cage enhancement and modification
  • Training techniques
  • Enrichment strategies for on-study animals
  • Physiological measurements of stress
  • Pair housing techniques
  • Socialization strategies
  • Toys and manipulanda
  • Rearing techniques
  • Colony management
  • Article and book reviews

How to Subscribe

You must have an electronic mail address, preferably from an institution, and be able to access the internet to participate in PEF. To apply, fill out the Primate Enrichment Forum application.

Questions and Comments

If you have questions about electronic access to Primate Enrichment Forum, contact:

David Seelig
Primate Enrichment Forum administrator
University of Pennsylvania
4105 Spruce Street APT A1
Philadelphia PA 19104 USA
Telephone: (617) 504-1258