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Primate Health at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin National Primate Research Center: What We Weren’t Told by the UW
By Michael A. Budkie, A.H.T., Executive Director, SAEN

The NIH Progress Report for the Wisconsin National Primate Research Center

This progress report is filed annually by the Wisconsin National Primate Research Center (WNPRC) with the federal agency that funds the center – the National Institutes of Health. During fiscal 2002 – 2003 the University of Wisconsin (Madison) received $62,139,601 for/through the WNPRC primarily from the federal government through the NIH. This amount includes both the base grant and affiliated research projects.

During this period the WNPRC housed roughly 1500 primates. Most of these primates are macaca mulatta or rhesus monkeys. The next largest group of primates is callithrix jacchus or marmosets. These primates are maintained to be used as research subjects, or in the breeding of primates for research. The center supports research in aging, diet, reproduction, psychology, and other areas.

The colony statistics table from the progress report reveals a number of interesting statistics (the table is attached to this report in an appendix). The year began with 1513 primates in residence at the center. 84 marmosets were born during the year, no macaques were born. For the purposes of the progress report live births are defined as “inflated lungs.” The progress report does not list any infant or juvenile macaques or marmosets dying at the WNPRC. 159 primates were added to the colony from outside sources. 29 primates died during experimentation. 118 primates died of non-experimental causes. The total number of primate deaths listed in the report (experimental and non-experimental) is 147. 95 were sold or transferred outside the center.

Go on to Post Mortem Records for WNPRC Primates

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