Long-term effect of a simple nest-box on the reproductive efficiency and other life traits of anAotus lemurinus lemurinusmonkey colony: an animal model for malaria research

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Abstract

Background

The long-term effect of a PVC pipe nest-box on the reproductive efficiency and other life traits of an Aotus monkey-breeding colony have not been characterized.

Methods and Results

We analyzed laboratory records of the Gorgas Memorial Institute (GMI) Aotus monkey colony in Panama for the period 1999–2010 and found a 273% increase in the annual mean life births in the following 7 years after the introduction of a PVC pipe nest-box in 2002, as well as increases in the mean body mass and survival of laboratory-bred monkeys. Other life traits such as inter-birth interval, parity, birth sex distribution, mortality, and longevity were also determined.

Conclusions

The use of a PVC pipe nest-box significantly improved the reproductive efficiency and other life traits of the GMI Aotus breeding colony.

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