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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


r90128 was the 128th rhesus macaque born at the Wisconsin Regional Primate Research Center (WRPRC) in 1990. His mother was r85004 (the 4th rhesus macaque born in 1984 at WRPRC); his father was rhaa56, a monkey acquired by WRPRC elsewhere.


r90128 was born on September 15th; he weighed a little over a pound.

During the first days of his life he was assigned briefly to a taxpayer-funded study titled: Development and Regulation of Emotion in Primates (Grant# 5R01MH046729). This study continues today at WRPRC. The researcher, Ned Kalin, uses an acid to burn a part of the brain involved in emotional responses. It is unknown how r90128 was used in this experiment.

In 1991, r90128 was assigned to a study on the effects of staphylococcus toxins.

In 1992, r90128 was assigned to a study on the rare simian immunovirus (SIV). They began drawing blood regularly.

On September 1, 1993, r90128 was assigned to the study: Mucosal Infection with SIV

On September 12, he underwent a colon lavage. Essentially, he was given an enema, and the liquefied contents of his colon were sucked out. This is likely a part of the Mucosal Infection with SIV study. He seems not to have been successfully infected with SIV, but whether this was an experimental failure or whether he was used as a control animal in the study is unknown.

On September 4, 1994, r90128 was assigned to the study: Immunobiology of SIV Infection (Grant# 5P51RR000167). The researcher, M. Salvato wrote: “We screened 56 uninfected monkeys … We predicted that SIV infection would be cleared rapidly in animals with high env-specific lytic activity and slowly in animals with low lytic activity. Accordingly, we infected 11 animals and found the opposite of our prediction to hold true…” Exactly how r90128 was used was undisclosed by WRPRC.

On September 1, 1994, r90128 was assigned to the project: Immunobiology of SIV and SHIV. SHIV (simian/human immunovirus) is an invention of primate laboratories. Pieces of the human immunovirus, HIV, are mated with pieces of a rare monkey virus SIV, to produce an entirely new-to-the-world organism, SHIV.

On September 4, 1995, r90128 was reported to be having "soft/loose feces."

On September 6, 1995, he was reported to be "beaten up."

On September 9, 1995, he was reported to have a cut on his left hand.

On September 11, 1995, r90128 was assigned to the project: Sweet Taste in Primates and had a small portion of his tongue cut out.

On January 8, 1996, r90128 was assigned to the project: Caloric Restriction and Aging. The researcher using him was Richard Weindruch.

On February 13, 1996, r90128 had "watery stools."

On March 11, 1996, r90128 was assigned to: Dietary Restriction and Aging, a project of the director's, Joe Kemnitz. He keeps the monkeys in his experiments quite hungry for years on end.

On April 4, 1996, he was reassigned to Richard Weindruch's study and had an identification chip implanted into his right arm above the wrist.

On May 15, 1996, r90128 was reassigned to the project: Immunobiology of SIV and SHIV.

February 12, 1997, back to: Caloric Restriction and Aging.

On August 13, 1997, r90128 was assigned to the project: Study of Age-Related Bone Changes in Male and Female Monkeys.

On September 5, 1997, he was used in the study: Skeletal Effects of Therapeutic Anticoagulation Administration.

On September 19, 1997, r90128 had "two small cuts near right nostril."

On January 27,1998, r90128 was used in the project: Ctl Response in an SIV Infection of the Rhesus Macaque.

On the following day, January 28, 1998, J. Murphy used him in the project: Restraint, Anesthesia and Physical Examination of Non-Human Primates.

On July 27, 1998, the remark is made: "[E]valuated animal for weight loss; animal is bright, alert and responsive; no dehydration or history of diarrhea noted; re-evaluate after august weight; - by c.e." Then, "august weight shows weight gain; animal bright, alert, responsive and hydrated; resolve case." C.E. probably refers to Carol Emerson, a research veterinarian.

On May 20, 1999, r90128 was assigned to the project: DNA Profiling of Primates Used in Biomedical Research.

On or about August 8, 2000, r90128 seems to have lost his appetite. From the documents: "Intact canines. Not eating. Leaving large amounts of chow in cage. No abnormalities observed recently. Moved to this cage 3 weeks ago. If reports persist recheck weight to ensure maintaining."

On August 12, 2000, he was assigned to the project: Regulation of Food Intake in Rhesus Monkeys. The remark was made: "inappettance 10-19 thru 10-22. Reported for inappettance; bright, alert, responsive and hydrated at present and eating; if condition persists get current weight and reassess. Not eating 10-23 thru 10-25. Left large amount of chow in cage; appears bright, alert, responsive, and hydrated; is defecating; monitor for inappettance and obtain current weight."

On August 24, 2000, the remark was made: "several reports for not eating; weight gain observed; care staff suggests chow not being removed for cage; contact investigator. Not eating well 11-10, 11-11. Mens." The "investigator" refers to the researcher using r90128 in his or her experiments. The remark, "Mens." is very odd in this context. Mens. is nearly always a notation for menses or menstruation. But r90128 is a male.

On January 31, 2001, r90128 underwent surgery to implant a tube into the third ventricle of his brain.

On February 13, 2001, an infection developed around the edge of the cap glued to the top of his skull. The remark was made: "surgery on 1-31; headcaps require more maintenance than after caps; animal picks at margin and is not eating well; cavity at cranial end of implant; culture collected; nor eating well; plan: collect cbc/chem.; discuss headcap with pi. (PI refers to "primary investigator" the person being paid to experiment on r90128.

The last entry for r90128 notes that an antibiotic ointment is being applied to the infection.

During the ten years following his unfortunate birth at WRPRC, r90128 has been moved to a different cage at least 62 times, destroying any possibility of establishing even a limited sense of well-being through familiarity with his environment. During the ten years following his unfortunate birth, r90128 has been injected with Ketamine at least 20 times and has had blood drawn at least 24 times.

This information comes directly from documents reluctantly surrendered by WRPRC to one person with the courage and compassion to keep asking questions. WRPRC has tried to intimidate those who have written with concern about individual monkeys locked away and being experimented on there.

Evidence continues to accumulate almost daily about the profound similarities that exist in the minds and emotions of humans and the primates being experimented on in the nation's laboratories. Only the most bigoted, or ignorant, can continue to claim that the horrors being visited upon these unfortunate victims are, in any sense, less morally repugnant than they would be if the victims were human children. Just as we would have a moral obligation to speak out upon learning that such tortures were being conducted on our neighbors' children, so to do we have an obligation to speak out for the monkeys who are being frightened, harmed, and killed today.

It is due to the compassion and effort of Andrea Schwartz that we have learned a little about the sad life of r90128.

r90128, our thoughts are with you.

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