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These are life stories of primates held in U.S. primate laboratories. They are based on documents obtained from the labs.
Dover Chimpanzee
Sellers Chimpanzee
3566 Rhesus Macaque
PWc2 Rhesus Macaque
Unknown Rhesus Macaque
13481 Rhesus Macaque
14326 Rhesus Macaque
20213 Rhesus Macaque
20229 Rhesus Macaque D
20233 Rhesus Macaque
20247 Rhesus Macaque
20253 Rhesus Macaque
20346 Rhesus Macaque
23993 Squirrel Monkey
23915 Crab-eating Macaque
23954 Rhesus Macaque
25142 Crab-eating Macaque
24974 Rhesus Macaque
24013 Squirrel Monkey
25157 Crab-eating Macaque
25205 Crab-eating Macaque
25274 Rhesus Macaque
25412 Crab-eating Macaque
27276 Crab-eating Macaque
28100 Crab-eating Macaque
28114 Crab-eating Macaque
30914 Rhesus Macaque
30916 Rhesus Macaque
30983 Rhesus Macaque
31031 Rhesus Macaque
cj0233 Common Marmoset
cj0453 Common Marmoset D
cj0495 Common Marmoset
Piotr Rhesus Macaque
rhaf72 Rhesus Macaque
rhao45 Rhesus Macaque
Rh1890 Rhesus Macaque
R80180 Rhesus Macaque
R87083 Rhesus Macaque
R89124 Rhesus Macaque
R89163 Rhesus Macaque
R90128 Rhesus Macaque
R91040 Rhesus Macaque
R93014 Rhesus Macaque
R95054 Rhesus Macaque D
R95065 Rhesus Macaque D
R95076 Rhesus Macaque D
R96108 Rhesus Macaque
R97041 Rhesus Macaque
R97082 Rhesus Macaque
R95100 Rhesus Macaque
S93052 Rhesus Macaque
Response from Jordana Lenon, public relations manager for WNPRC.
A03068 Rhesus Macaque
A98056 Pig-tailed Macaque
A92025 Baboon
F91396 Pig-tailed Macaque D
J90153 Pig-tailed Macaque
J90266 Pig-tailed Macaque
J90299 Crab-eating Macaque
J91076 Pig-tailed Macaque D
J91386 Pig-tailed Macaque D
J91398 Pig-tailed Macaque D
J92068 Pig-tailed Macaque
J92349 Pig-tailed Macaque D
J92476 Pig-tailed Macaque
censored Vervet
censored Vervet
censored Vervet
MCY24525 Crab-eating Macaque
MCY24540 Crab-eating Macaque
OIPM-007 Crab-eating Macaque
UNC-Chapel Hill
3710 Squirrel Monkey
Ashley Chimpanzee
Karla Chimpanzee
Tyson Chimpanzee
Snoy Chimpanzee
Maurice p1 Maurice p2 Chimpanzee
Hercules Chimpanzee
Jerome Chimpanzee
Ritchie Chimpanzee
Rex Chimpanzee
Topsey Chimpanzee
B.G. Chimpanzee
Dawn Chimpanzee
BamBam Chimpanzee
Dixie Chimpanzee
Ginger Chimpanzee
Kelly Chimpanzee
Lennie Chimpanzee
Kist Chimpanzee
Peg Chimpanzee
Aaron Chimpanzee
Chuck Chimpanzee
James Chimpanzee
Alex Chimpanzee
Muna Chimpanzee
Wally Chimpanzee
#1028 Chimpanzee
Lippy Chimpanzee
#1303 Chimpanzee
#CA0127 Chimpanzee
Shane Chimpanzee
The University of Minnesota
#00FP8 Long-Tailed Macaque
#312E Rhesus Macaque
#9711B Rhesus Macaque
#99IP61 Long-tailed Macaque
The Fauna Foundation
The Fauna Foundation Chimpanzees
Center for Biologics Evaluation
Univ. of Alabama - Birmingham


Contacting the Centers
Requesting info about the primate on your Tag.

Oregon National Primate Research Center
Office of Strategic Communications, L 217
Attn: Public Records Coordinator
Oregon Health and Science University
3181 S.W. Sam Jackson Park Road
Portland, OR 97239

California National Primate Research Center
California National Primate Research Center
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA. 95616

Wisconsin National Primate Research Center
Joseph Kemnitz, Director
Wisconsin National Primate Research Center
1220 Capitol Court
Madison, WI. 53715

Washington National Primate Research Center
Dr. David Anderson, Director
Washington National Primate Research Center
I-421 Health Sciences, Box 357330
Seattle, WA. 98195

Tulane National Primate Research Center
Andrew A. Lackner, Director
18703 Three Rivers Road
Covington, Louisiana 70433

Yerkes National Primate Research Center
Dr. James W. Wagner
Emory University, Office of the President
Mail Stop # 1000/001/1AP
Atlanta, GA. 30322

Alamogordo Primate Facility
Charles River Laboratories
Director Rick Lee, DVM
P.O. Box 956
Holloman A.F.B., New Mexico 88330

University of Alabama at Birmingham
Ms. Dale Turnbough
Office of Public Relations, AB 1320
1530 3rd Avenue S.
Birmingham, AL. 35294-0113

University of California at Los Angeles

Please write to both addresses listed below.

Records Management and Information Practices
10920 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 500
Los Angeles, CA. 90024


VA Medical Center
Attn: Ms. Nikki Baker, Public Relations (FOIA Requests)
11301 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA. 90073

University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill
John Bradfield, DVM, PhD.
UNC Division of Laboratory Animal Medicine
CB #7115, 1109 Bioinformatics Building
Chapel Hill, NC 27599

University of Utah- Salt Lake City
Animal Resource Center
c/o University of Utah
201 South Presidents Circle
Salt Lake City, UT. 84112

University of Texas, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
1515 Holcombe Blvd.
Houston, TX. 77030

University of Minnesota
Pres. Robert H. Bruininks
202 Morrill Hall
100 Church St., SE
Minneapolis, MN. 55455

NCRR FOIA Coordinator- National Institutes of Health
National Center for Research Resources
One Democracy Plaza, Room 978
6701 Democracy Blvd., MSC 4874
Bethesda, MD. 20892-4874
FAX= (301) 480-3558

New Iberia Research Center
University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Attn: Thomas J. Rowell, DVM
4401 W. Admiral Doyle Drive
New Iberia, LA 70560

Primates used in research

Fully Automated, Fill-in-the-Blanks State Open Records Law Request Letter Generator
The above link will enable you to create your own personal letter citing state open records laws.

Oregon has been more responsive to requests using state open records requests than to requests under the federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

Federal facilities, such as the National Institutes of Health's Alamogordo Primate Facility, will likely respond only to a FOIA request.

Some labs, such as the Tulane, New England, and Yerkes Regional Primate Research Center, have refused to comply with any requests for information on specific animals whatsoever.

Below is a generic FOIA letter and a follow up letter for use if and when your initial request is ignored:


Dear Freedom of Information Act Officer:

Pursuant to the Federal Freedom of Information Act, 5 U.S.C. 552, I request copies of documents containing the following information: all laboratory reports, protocols, daily care logs, veterinary reports, photographs, videotapes, and any and all other records referring to ________ [primate's name or other identifying information].

In order to help to determine my status for purposes of determining the applicability of any fees, you should know that I am an individual seeking information for personal use and not for commercial use. However, I request a waiver of all fees for this request. Disclosure of the requested information to me is in the public interest because it is likely to contribute significantly to public understanding of the operations or activities of the government and is not primarily in my commercial interest.

I will share this information with the Primate Freedom Project (PFP). PFP is a tax-exempt nonprofit public interest organization. PFP actively informs the public about the use of primates in federally funded biomedical research. Through publications, commentary to the press, sponsorship of educational programs and events, and the development of an institutional expertise regarding primate experimentation, PFP has become very involved in raising public awareness concerning this issue.

The use of live animals in research has historically been a matter of wide public interest. The requested documents will illuminate in a clear and direct way the operations and activities of _______ [facility name] pertaining to its use of primates as biomedical test subjects. As such, release of these documents will significantly contribute to public understanding and oversight of this facility’s operations, particularly regarding the quality and efficacy of this facility’s activities in this area.

PFP will analyze the information presented in the released documents and together with their affiliated experts, including veterinarians and medical doctors, will produce a report as part of their ongoing review of federally supported primate research. The report and any photographs will be published on PFP web sites as well as disseminated to the media as a component of the active involvement in informing the public on this issue. Portions will also be included in printed brochures distributed free to the public as part of an educational campaign. Any suitable video will be aired on community access television networks and shown at public events. These materials will not be used for commercial purposes or gain.

This request is not meant to be exclusive of any other records which, though not specifically requested, would have a reasonable relationship to the subject matter of this request.

In the event that access to any of the requested records is denied, please note that the FOIA provides that if portions of a requested file are exempted from release, the remainder must still be released. I therefore request that I be provided with all non-exempt portions which are reasonably segregable. I further request that you describe the deleted material in detail and specify the statutory basis for the denial as well as your reasons for believing that the alleged statutory justification applies in this instance. Please separately state your reasons for not invoking your discretionary powers to release the requested documents in the public interest. Such statements will be helpful in deciding whether to appeal an adverse determination, and in formulating arguments in case an appeal is taken. This written justification might also help to avoid litigation. I reserve my right to appeal the withholding or deletion of any information and expect that you will list the office and address where such an appeal can be sent.

I anticipate, however, that you will make the requested materials available within the statutorily prescribed period. I also request that you waive any applicable fees since disclosure meets the statutory standard for waiver of fees in that it is clearly “in the public interest because furnishing the information can be considered as primarily benefiting the general public,” 5 U.S.C. § 552(a)(4)(A). In this regard, I reiterate that I have no intention of using the information disclosed for financial gain. If for some reason the fee waiver request is denied, while reserving my right to appeal such a decision, I am willing to pay $_______ [amount] to cover costs of document search and duplication. If you estimate that the fees will exceed this limit, please inform me first.

Thank you for your assistance. I look forward to your reply within 20 business days as required. Failure to respond in a timely manner shall be viewed as a denial of this request and the requester may immediately file an administrative appeal. If you have any questions, please contact me by email or phone.


Dear Freedom of Information Act Officer:

On _______ [date], I mailed your office a written request under the federal Freedom of Information Act for copies of documents containing the following information: all laboratory reports, protocols, daily care logs, veterinary reports, photographs, videotapes, and any and all other records referring to ________ [primate's name or other identifying information].

The FOIA requires your office to respond to a request within twenty business days from the date of receipt of such a request. It appears that this deadline has now elapsed without any response from your office.

I am notifying you that I am not at this time exercising my legal option under the FOIA to file suit to compel compliance. I do not wish to initiate litigation at this point because I feel a cooperative approach is better suited to resolving this situation. Therefore, I am offering to assist your office in any way possible to facilitate the prompt release of the requested records. If I may clarify the request, or answer any questions, by all means, please let me know. While I do not resort to litigation at this time, legal action may be required if disclosure is not promptly forthcoming.



Helpful hints:

1. Send copies of your request to your state representatives, as well as the local paper where you are mailing your letter.

2. Always certify your letter (Return Receipt Requested) so that you will receive a signed card when the Center receives it. Save this card. It is your proof that the Primate Laboratory, indeed, received your request.

3. Make and keep all copies of your letters and any letters you receive. Send copies to the Primate Freedom Project.

Primate Freedom Project
P.O. Box 1623
Fayetteville, GA. 32014

or email us at

Having trouble getting your primate's documents? You're not alone. Research facilities fear the public spotlight and many times refuse to share any information. Read Erica's effort to get the truth from UCLA.



Primate Freedom Project
P.O. Box 1623
Fayetteville, GA. 30214
Tel: 678.489.7798


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