Nonhuman Primate Symposium

Nonhuman Primate Symposium


Practical Solutions to Welfare Challenges

March 29th & 30th, 2017
USDA Center for Animal Welfare
6501 Beacon Drive, Kansas City, Missouri 64133

An informative symposium sponsored by USDA-Animal Care focusing on the psychological and physical well-being of nonhuman primates

This two-day event is free and open to the first 200 participants and will provide targeted, practical information on areas where we see the most opportunities to enhance compliance and animal welfare at our regulated facilities. Continuing education credits may be available. Advance registration is required. We will not be able to admit anyone who has not registered.

Who should attend?
  • Small or medium zoos
  • Attending veterinarians
  • Licensees
  • Sanctuaries
  • All interested parties will find useful information
What will be covered?
  • Functionally appropriate primate environments
  • Strategies to manage aberrant behavior
  • Nutrition
  • Preventive health care
  • Neonatal care
  • Geriatric care

A workshop on building a framework for a comprehensive and compliant environment enhancement plan will also be offered at the end of the second day.

The Center for Animal Welfare is very excited to host this event and provide the opportunity to share the collective expertise of our speakers to enhance the welfare of nonhuman primates at facilities across the United States.

You may register for the symposium here or by calling the Center for Animal Welfare at 816-737-4202.

Featured Speakers:


Creating Environments that Support Species Specific Behaviors

Kari Bagnall. Founder and Director, Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary

Tracy Fenn, Supervisor of Mammals, Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens; also President and Founder, Endangered Primate Foundation

Joseph Knobbe, Curator of Primates, San Francisco Zoo

Rick Lee, DVM, Director, HPC at Alpha Genesis Inc.

Suzette Tardif, Ph.D., Associate Director, Southwest National Primate Research Center


Managing Abnormal Behaviors

Kari Bagnall. Founder and Director, Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary

Mollie Bloomsmith, Ph. D., Director of Behavioral Management, Yerkes National Primate Research Center

Heidi Hellmuth, Curator of Primates, St. Louis Zoo


Physical Well-Being

Barbara Henry, M.S., Curator of Nutrition, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

Wm. Kirk Suedmeyer, DVM, Dipl. ACZM, Director of Animal Health and Research, Kansas City Zoo

Suzette Tardif, Ph.D., Associate Director, Southwest National Primate Research Center


Environment Enrichment Plan Workshop

Gwendalyn Maginnis, DVM, Nonhuman Primate Specialist, Center for Animal Welfare, USDA


Also on Friday, March 31, the Kansas City Zoo has planned a special welcome for our symposium attendees.  Stay tuned for more details.


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