Housing for Nonhuman Primates

Housing for nonhuman primates is somewhere between conventional housing utilizing a hose-down caging system and biohazard housing, because of their potential for carrying zoonotic diseases and the high level of noise that at least certain species can generate. For these reasons, the ideal arrangement is to house them in an isolated area under ABSL-2 standards. At a minimum, rooms housing nonhuman primates must be arranged and located to avoid the necessity of transporting animals or cages and equipment soiled by the animals through corridors or on elevators outside the animal facility. The objective is to avoid exposing individuals who do not have an occupational requirement to be exposed to nonhuman primate associated diseases. Special features for a nonhuman primate housing area or room may include additional security, and an entry vestibule to animal rooms, typically made of chain-link fencing, that prevents animals that get out of their primary enclosure from escaping when the room door is opened. Lights and any other fixtures in the animal room must be mounted such that animals free in the room cannot damage them and so that they do not impede capturing the animals.

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