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Nursery Rearing of Nonhuman Primates in the 21st Century

Series: Developments in Primatology: Progress and Prospects

By: Gene P Sackett(Editor), Gerald C Ruppenthal(Editor), Kate Elias(Editor)

602 pages, photos, illustrations


Hardback | Dec 2006 | #153561 | ISBN: 0387256326
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Paperback | Dec 2014 | #224831 | ISBN-13: 9781489992062
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Nursery Rearing of Nonhuman Primates in the 21st Century describes how and why nursery rearing of primates can produce adaptable juveniles and adults for research, conservation, and display-educational purposes. Nursery Rearing of Nonhuman Primates in the 21st Century details the history of nursery rearing since the mid-19th century, the outcomes of varied nursery rearing methods, the contemporary goals of nursery rearing as well as reference data derived from species commonly reared in nursery or hand-feeding situations.

Examples of the changing goals of nursery rearing covered in Nursery Rearing of Nonhuman Primates in the 21st Century are the need for biological containment in disease research, the production of specific pathogen-free colonies by removal of neonates from the mother, the production of phenotypes for genetic and molecular biology studies, and the breeding of endangered species for conservation or research purposes.

"This book provides both basic and applied information pertaining to the consequences and interventions used in nursery rearing. [...] This volume is very comprehensive and provides an excellent resource for scientists interested in the effect of early differential rearing on behavioral and physiological development. [...] In summary, this book is well organized, well written, and informative. It is an excellent contribution to the practical and research findings on primate infant development."
– William D. Hopkins, Quarterly Review of Biology, Vol. 82, June, 2007



Introduction to Section 1
- The Effects of Rearing Experiences: The Early Years
- The Changing Role of Hand-Rearing in Zoo-Based Primate Breeding Programs
- Animal Welfare Regulations and Nursery Rearing
- Data Management for the Nonhuman Primate Nursery
- Very Early Rearing Experience: Rationale and Methodologies for Studying Prenatal Development in Nonhuman Primates

Introduction to Section 2
- The Effect of Hand-Rearing on the Sexual and Maternal Competence of Three Species of Lemurs: Varecia variegate, Varecia rubra, and Eulemur macaco
- Nursery-Reared Prosimian Primates
- Hand-Rearing of Infant Common Marmosets (Callithrix jacchus)

Introduction to Section 3
- Immunological Consequences of Nursery Rearing
- Special Challenges of Rearing Infant Macaques Infected with Lentivirus (SIV, HIV, SHIV)
- Nursery Rearing and Biobehavioral Organization

Introduction to Section 3
- Neurobehavioral Assessment of Nonhuman Primate Neonates
- Is it Nutrients or Nurturing? Comparison of the Growth and Development of Mother-Reared and Laboratory-Reared Macaque Infants
- Baboon Nursery Rearing Practices and Comparisons between Nursery- and Mother-Reared Individuals
- Early Rearing Conditions and Captive Chimpanzee Behavior: Some Surprising Findings
- Effects of Early Rearing History on Growth and Behavioral Development in Captive Chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes)

Introduction to Section 4
- Squirrel Monkeys as an Example of Primate Nursery Medicine
- Nursery Care of At-Risk Nonhuman Primates
- A Quick and Effective Method for Establishing Self-Feeding in Stump-Tailed Macaques (Macaca arctoides)
- Saliva as a Medium for Assessing Cortisol and other Compounds in Nonhuman Primates: Collection, Assay, and Examples
- The SPIT Method: For Simultaneous and Unobtrusive Collection of Salivary Cortisol from Individually Housed Infant Monkeys
- Actimetry Measurement of Behavioral Regulation and Sleep Cycles in Infant Rhesus Macaques (Macaca mulatta)
- Noninvasive Neuroimaging Techniques for the Study of Primate Brain Development
- Tethering with Maternal and Fetal Catheterization: Technology and Theory for Studying Pre- to Postnatal Continuities

Introduction to Section 5
- Hematology and Serum Chemistry in Young Captive Chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes)
- Hematology and Serum Chemistry Reference Values for Rhesus Macaque
- Hematology and Serum Chemistry Reference Values for Pigtailed Macaque (Macaca nemestrina) Infants
- Hematology and Serum Chemistry Reference Values for Mother-Reared Squirrel Monkey (Saimiri boliviensis boliviensis) Infants


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