Hand-Rearing Infant Gibbons
Nursery rearing of nonhuman primates has become a standard and accepted procedure for obtaining neonatal animals for experimentation and for sustaining the life of a rejected infant (Jacobson and Windle, 1960; Blomquist and Harlow, 1961; Fleischman, 1963; Vice, Fritton, Ratner, and Kalter, 1966; Hall, 1975). The techniques first described by Fleischman for hand-rearing macaques have been used as a guideline and modified to suit the needs of other species, such as baboon, marmoset, lemur, bushbaby, and chimpanzee (Okano, 1962; Vice et al., 1966; Hampton and Hampton, 1967; Hall, 1975). These initial techniques have also been used as the basis for hand-rearing infant gibbons (Hylobateslar) with the additional considerations of longer dependency period, contact with humans, and exercise requirements (Carpenter, 1940; Sasaki, 1962; Berkson, 1966; Ellefson, 1967; Arnold, 1973).
KeywordsNonhuman Primate Large Cage Perineal Region Monkey Chow Gradual Socialization
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