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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



cj0453 was a Callithrix jacchus, or common marmoset. He was born on September 20, 1996 at the Wisconsin Regional Primate Research Center (WRPRC) on the campus of the University of Wisconsin, Madison. cj0453 was killed on June 8, 2001.

cj0453 was used experimentally even before he was born. His father was cj0020 and his biological mother was cj0019. But cj0065 was the female who gave birth to him. When cj0453 was an embryo, he was transferred from his real mother to the surrogate mother.

When he was born, he weighed just less than two ounces. He was tiny.

Free-living common marmosets live in social groups and share childcare responsibilities. Usually, only one female in a group is fertile.

Marmosets have specialized dietary needs. An important part of their diet is tree sap. A group’s home range is centered on an area with a concentration of sap, or gum, producing trees. A typical group of marmosets, of between one and two dozen animals, needs fifty gum producing trees in their territory. It may be this dietary requirement, unable to be duplicated accurately in a laboratory, that accounts for the chronic digestive problems associated with the marmosets held in captivity in the nation’s primate labs.

From the beginning of cj0453’s life, he was reported to have diarrhea.

The experts at WRPRC treated him with antibiotics, but nothing really worked. When the medication stopped, his bloody, watery diarrhea returned.

Free-living monkeys have the opportunity to flee from aggressive group members. Monkeys in cages do not. cj0453 was wounded so badly that part of his tail had to be amputated.

cj0453 was sick from the day he was born, but this did not exempt him from being subjected to various experiments. David Abbott, a vivisector at WRPRC, used cj0453 in at least two studies. He was, apparently, subjected to large blood draws, and was given fluid and iron to help him recover.

When cj0453 was autopsied, it was noted: “Lymphocytic enteritis is a common lesion in marmosets from this colony.” In English, this means that inflamed bowels are common in the marmosets locked away in the Wisconsin labs.

The fact that scientists, who do nothing but experiment on monkeys, are unable to cure common monkey diseases, is a compelling argument that they will be even less likely to offer hope for humans.

cj0453’s life was one of misery. His suffering and death did nothing other than offer writing material for David Abbott, who in turn, has done nothing other than bring in money to WRPRC and the University of Wisconsin.

Monkeys like cj0453 have the right to be left alone. We have the right to see our tax dollars spent more wisely.

cj0453, may you rest in peace.

cj0453's story would never have been made public without the efforts of his advocate, Jenny Gifford of Centerburg, Ohio. Thank you Ms. Gifford.

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