Primates



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If you own a primate you know how different they are than any other pet. As our human cousins they can both be the most endearing and the most threatening animals that we interact with. Primate ownership comes with many responsibilities of housing, feeding and disease prevention. At Safari, we do not, as a rule, recommend the ownership of primates, because we understand that most people and their families are not ready for these challenges. Nevertheless, for people who have already committed to the ownership of a primate, we are here to help you any way we can. As you know, primates are close to humans genetically and, therefore, share many human diseases such as Tuberculosis, Herpes, Cytomegalovirus and many parasites such as Giardia, Strongyloides and Pinworms. Some of these diseases are fatal to humans and some of these disease when transmitted to non-human primates are fatal to them. For these reasons, Safari requires that all primates that we treat undergo a series of screening tests for infectious or contagious disease. In addition, we recommend vaccination of most primates with Measles, Teatnus and killed rabies vaccine. Most of these vaccines are not FDA approved for these species, but we are following protocols establishes by many zoos across the world when developing our recommendations. Most primates benefit from spay or neuter and at Safari this can be done as early as 10 weeks of age. All primates bite and removing the teeth is not the best solution. Investing in the understanding of the behavioral characteristics of your particular primate, along with how to modify this behavior, is best.

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