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Do monkeys at the sanctuary receive regular veterinary care?

Yes, the monkeys at our sanctuary undergo both full physical examinations and visual assessments with our contracted veterinarians. Because we strive to minimize hands-on interaction with the monkeys, we schedule full physical examinations—which require sedating the monkeys—every three to five years. As long as the monkeys are eating, drinking, active, and maintaining healthy and stable weights, full physical examinations are not necessary on an annual basis. Our veterinarians also visit the sanctuary every four months to visually assess each monkey. Using positive reinforcement techniques, the sanctuary’s primate behavior specialist has prepared the monkeys to perform certain actions during these assessments, such as standing on a scale for a weight check. And of course, our veterinarians make special trips to the sanctuary if any of the monkeys require urgent or emergency care.