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Enrichment Devices for Nonhuman Primates

Abstract

There has been in recent years a substantial increase in the variety of enhancement devices available for nonhuman primates in captivity, and the task of properly outfitting a housing unit can be daunting. Researchers continue to investigate the specific impact and importance of environmental enrichment, but it is generally accepted that increasing the complexity of the environment for the mental and physical stimulation of nonhuman primates is beneficial to their health and contentment, and enrichment is now a standard component of primate husbandry.

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Figure 1: Bio-Serv's Dental Ball Plaque Attacker is a therapeutic dental device with an oddball shape.
Figure 2: The Tray Forager from Otto Environmental is constructed of polycarbonate plastic and attaches to the side of the cage.
Figure 3: The Tube Feeders sold by Steiner Enterprises are made of PVC tubes drilled with holes.
Figure 4: Stainless steel perches from Carter 2 Systems increase the amount and variability of usable surfaces within the nonhuman primate's cage.
Figure 5: Primate Products' Prima-Hedrons are made of rotational-molded UV-stabilized polyethylene and can be used as a perch or a swing.

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Schub, T., Eisenstein, M. Enrichment Devices for Nonhuman Primates. Lab Anim 32, 37–40 (2003). https://doi.org/10.1038/laban1103-37

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