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Lab Anim Sci. 1982 Oct;32(5):525-33.

Chimpanzee holding, rehabilitation and breeding: facilities design and colony management.


A multipurpose chimpanzee facility was designed and constructed to provide the unique housing requirements of rehabilitating laboratory-raised, behaviorally-deficient chimpanzees. The housing complex provided quarantine facilities, single or group housing for long-term holding, and semi-free-ranging compounds for established breeding groups. The facilities were designed to accommodate 170 animals of diverse ages and group configurations. Reproductive performance of the chimpanzees resulted in the production of 0.41 live infants per adult female year. Information was also given on the care, diet, maintenance, health status, handling, and rehabilitation of the chimpanzee. Development of this facility has made it practical to house large numbers of chimpanzees economically and conveniently in an enriched environment which promotes breeding and contributes to the survival of this irreplaceable animal model.

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