Monkeys and apes must be constantly stimulated, mentally and physically, in order to thrive in captivity. Even primates who are housed in social groups need regular access to a rotation of foods, toys, games, and other objects so they have opportunities to make decisions. The links below will lead you to a wealth of information on environmental enrichment and behavioral training.
Links to articles, journals, and other resources on environmental enrichment for monkeys and apes
Enrichment for nonhuman primates. Office for Laboratory Animal Welfare, National Institutes of Health, US Department of Health and Human Services.
Environmental enrichment for nonhuman primates resource guide. Animal Welfare Information Center, National Agriculture Library, US Department of Agriculture.
Annotated bibliography on refinement and environmental enrichment for primates kept in laboratories, 4th edition. Viktor and Annie Reinhardt, Animal Welfare Institute.
A searchable database on environmental enrichment. Environmental enrichment and refinement of husbandry for nonhuman primates. Viktor and Annie Reinhardt, Animal Welfare Institute.
Enrichment strategies for laboratory animals. ILAR Journal 46(2), 2005.
Care, handling & enrichment. Primate Info Net, Wisconsin National Primate Research Center.
Links to articles, journals, and other resources on behavioral training for monkeys and apes
An animal trainer’s introduction to operant and classical conditioning, part 1. Stacy Braslau-Schneck.
An animal trainer’s introduction to operant and classical conditioning, part 2. Stacy Braslau-Schneck.
Applied Animal Behavior Analysis Special Interest Group, within the Association for Behavior Analysis International.
Primate Enrichment Forum. This nonhuman primate enrichment email discussion list is for biomedical research laboratory workers.
ClickerSolutions. This is an email discussion list for anyone interested in finding positive solutions to training and behavior problems.