Socializing Monkeys: Overcoming the Challenges

Case Studies of Pairing Singly Housed Rhesus Macaques (Macaca mulatta) at a Monkey Sanctuary

By Hilary Hemmes Kavanaugh, Sarah Jane Alger, and Breanne Cyr

To date, scientific literature has many reports of pairing or grouping rhesus monkeys housed in research laboratories. Due to the growing trend of primates being retired from labs to sanctuaries, an objective of this study is to increase the understanding of welfare behavior benefits and costs of forming pairs and trios in sanctuaries. Please refer to the slide below for details of the study.