Primates – callitrichids, cebids and lemurs

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This chapter provides the need-to-know information on Primates - callitrichids, cebids and lemurs:

  • Biology
  • Husbandry
  • Handling and restraint
  • Diagnostic approach
  • Common conditions
  • Supportive care
  • Anaesthesia and analgesia
  • Common surgical procedures
  • Euthanasia
  • Drug formulary.

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8.1 Commonly encountered primates: common marmoset; squirrel monkey; white-throated capuchin; ring-tailed lemur.
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8.3 Outdoor enclosure comprising a mix of natural plants, substrates and barriers. The structure and furniture provide a varied and mobile three-dimensional space. Indoor enclosure comprising a mix of impervious shelving and surfaces with multiple branches, ropes and other man-made furniture. This more traditional housing is easier to clean and alter in terms of configuration.
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8.6 Use of a net and broom to restrain a white-throated capuchin.
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8.7 Manual restraint: cotton-top tamarin; woolly monkey; crowned lemur.
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8.8 Collecting a blood sample from a cotton-top tamarin.
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8.10 Demodectic mange on the forearm of a red-handed tamarin.
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8.11 Radiographs of common marmosets, showing: normal skeletal appearance; changes indicative of MBD – ‘floating’ teeth, thinning of cortices and reduced cortical density.
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8.12 The alveolar socket of a Goeldi’s monkey, left open following extraction of the upper right canine tooth.
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8.13 Injection sites for small primates: subcutaneous injection in the scruff of the neck; intramuscular injection into the quadriceps muscle. This patient is under anaesthesia.
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8.15 A neonatal Geoffroy’s marmoset is allowed to suckle while the dam recovers on oxygen after Caesarean delivery.
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