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Environmental Enrichment For Nonhuman Primates Resource Guide: Organizations and Professional Societies

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Organizations and Professional Societies

American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK). Online: Contact Information: 3601 SW 29th Street, Suite 133 Topeka Kansas 66614-2054 USA Tel: (785) 273-9149; Description: AAZK is an organization made up of professional zookeepers and other people dedicated to professional animal care and conservation.

Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Online: Contact Information: 8403 Colesville Road, Suite 710 Silver Spring Maryland 20910-3314 USA Tel: (301) 562-0777; Fax: (301) 562-0888 E-mail: Description: Formerly called the American Zoo and Aquarium Association, AZA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of zoos and aquariums in the areas of conservation, education, science, and recreation. The AZA Office of Conservation and Science coordinates Taxon Advisory Groups (TAG) which monitor the status of particular species in captivity and provide recommendations on species management in captivity and with respect to conservation efforts. Primate TAGs include gibbons, great apes, New World monkeys, Old World monkeys, and prosimians. Committees, such as the Behavior and Husbandry Advisory Committee, specialize in broad scientific areas and are coordinated to serve in advisory capacities for TAGs. The AZA holds regional and annual conferences at which environmental enrichment at zoos is often discussed. Services are geared towards member institutions, but anyone may contact members of these groups for information. There are fees for AZA membership, published membership directories, reports, and conference proceedings.

American Society of Primatologists (ASP). Online: Description: The American Society of Primatologists is an educational and scientific organization whose purpose is to promote the discovery and exchange of information regarding primates, including all aspects of their anatomy, behavior, development, ecology, evolution, genetics, nutrition, physiology, reproduction, systematics, conservation, husbandry, and use in biomedical research. The society publishes the American Journal of Primatology, a quarterly bulletin for members, and the book Primate Conservation: The Role of Zoological Parks (J. Wallis, ed., 1997).

The Animal Behavior Management Alliance (ABMA). Online: Description: An organization of animal care professionals interested in enhancing animal care through training and enrichment. Information is disseminated to members through a quarterly newsletter called Wellspring and annual conferences.

Association of British Wild Animal Keepers (ABWAK). Online: Description: ABWAK is a non-profit organization specializing in improving cooperation among wild animal keepers. The site has links to information about the journal Ratel, animal diets, husbandry, grants, and job openings. A publication called Guidelines for Environmental Enrichment can be purchased through the website.

Association of Primate Veterinarians (APV). Online: Description: The members of the APV are veterinarians working with nonhuman primates in zoos and research settings as well as breeders. The Publications page of the web site contains a link to the Primate Formulary, compiled by D. Rick Lee and C.J. Doane, in Microsoft Excel format.

Australian and New Zealand Council for the Care of Animals in Research and Teaching (ANZCCART). Online: Description: Through its varied activities, ANZCCART seeks to promote effective communication and cooperation between all those concerned with the care and use of animals in research and teaching. It publishes a quarterly newsletter and other publications on topics such as euthanasia, animal care and use committees, humane care and use of animals in research, and pain. Articles sometimes address environmental enrichment issues.

Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC). Online: Description: CCAC establishes and enforces standards and guidelines (in Canada) concerning the use of animals in research, testing and teaching. Maintains active, expert committees on all aspects of animal care and use. The Council's program is based on its major publication "Guide to the Care and Use of Experimental Animals," Volume 1, 2nd Edition (1993) and Volume 2 (1984). Both documents address environmental enrichment. CCAC conducts workshops and training courses on various aspects of the care and use of experimental animals, as well as the training of personnel working with these animals. Semi-annually publishes the newsletter, Resource. Training module No. 7 is about environmental enrichment.

EUPRIM-Net Project. Online: Contact Information: Department Research Coordination - Stabstelle Forschungskoordination, German Primate Center Deutsches Primatenzentrum Kellnerweg 4 D-37077 Göttingen Germany Tel: +49 - (0)551 - 3851 454; Fax: +49 - (0)551 - 3851 228 E-mail: Description: An EU funded project that networks eight European primate centres and is aimed at advancing knowledge and competence in biological and biomedical research, animal keeping and breeding. The project objectives focus on animal welfare, the standardization of procedures and methods, the enhanced availability of non-human primates and training for those working with primates.

European Federation for Primatology (EFP). Online: Description: The EFP brings together national primatological societies as well as groups of primatologists in those countries of Europe where societies could not yet be founded. It coordinates activities between different European societies and promotes the management and study of nonhuman primates. The EFP newsletter is published in the journal Folia Primatologica.

European Primate Resources Network (EUPREN). Online: Description: EUPREN is an initiative of European institutes that perform research on nonhuman primates. The objectives of EUPREN are to ensure ethical and controlled use of primates, to secure availability of high quality primates for research, and to establish an information network for those interested or working in research. The website contains bylaws; a census of primates in Europe and North Africa; abstracts from meetings on remote monitoring, housing, husbandry, and well-being, and marmoset and tamarin research; and a discussion paper on cage sizes for primates.

Institute for Laboratory Animal Research (ILAR). Online: Contact Information: The National Academies, 500 Fifth Street NW Keck 687 Washington DC 20001 USA Tel: 202-334-2590; Fax: 202-334-1687 E-mail: Description: ILAR is a program unit in The Division on Earth and Life Studies (DELS) of the National Academies. It develops guidelines and disseminates information on the scientific, technological, and ethical use of animals and related biological resources in research, testing, and education. ILAR promotes high-quality, humane care of animals and the appropriate use of animals and alternatives. ILAR functions within the mission of the National Academy of Sciences as an advisor to the federal government, the biomedical research community, and the public. ILAR spearheaded the committee which produced the 1998 book The Psychological Well-being of Nonhuman Primates.

International Primatological Society (IPS). Online: Description: The society facilitates cooperation among primatologists and fosters conservation and the judicious use of primates in research. Environmental enrichment issues are addressed by the Captive Care and Breeding Committee. IPS operates a small grants program for education and enrichment studies that have broad implications. The grants program is open to all applicants.

Primate Society of Great Britain (PSGB). Online: Contact Information: E-mail: Description: PSGB is a membership organization affiliated with the International Primatological Society. It has a Conservation Working Party and Captive Care Working Party to provide advice and coordinate action. Sponsors annual meeting. Publishes triennial Primate Eye.

Scientists Center for Animal Welfare (SCAW). Online: Contact Information: 7833 Walker Drive, Suite 410 Greenbelt Maryland 20770 USA Tel: (301) 345-3500; Fax: (301) 345-3503 E-mail: Description: A professional, non-profit organization that sponsors conferences addressing contemporary animal care and use issues in research. Publishes conference proceedings, training manuals, newsletters. Publications include Well-Being of Nonhuman Primates in Research and other SCAW-sponsored conference proceedings. Anyone may request membership, attend conferences, or purchase publications.

Universities Federation for Animal Welfare (UFAW). Online: Contact Information: The Old School, Brewhouse Hill Wheathampstead Hertfordshire AL4 8AN UK Tel: +44 (0)1582 831818; Fax: +44 (0)1582 831414 E-mail: Description: UFAW is a scientific and technical animal welfare organization. It uses scientific knowledge and established expertise to improve the welfare of animals as pets, in zoos, laboratories, on farms and in the wild. UFAW does not campaign but funds research, holds symposia, gives advice to Government and others and produces publications on animal welfare.