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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.
Clint Chimpanzee
Dover Chimpanzee
Sellers Chimpanzee
Tottie Chimpanzee
3566 Rhesus Macaque
PWc2 Rhesus Macaque
Unknown Rhesus Macaque
YN70-119 Chimpanzee
YN73-125 Gorilla
YN74-17 Chimpanzee
YN74-68 Chimpanzee
YN78-109 Chimpanzee
YN79-33 Chimpanzee
YN81-124 Chimpanzee
YN86-37 Squirrel Monkey
13447 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
18714 Crab-eating Macaque
20629 Rhesus Macaque
22114 Crab-eating Macaque
23915 Crab-eating Macaque
23954 Squirrel Monkey
23993 Squirrel Monkey
23997 Squirrel Monkey
24005 Squirrel Monkey
24013 Squirrel Monkey
24557 Crab-eating Macaque
24605 Crab-eating Macaque
24974 Rhesus Macaque
24994 Rhesus Macaque
25142 Crab-eating Macaque
25157 Crab-eating Macaque
25205 Crab-eating Macaque
25250 Crab-eating Macaque
25274 Rhesus Macaque
25281 Rhesus Macaque
25412 Crab-eating Macaque
25809 Squirrel Monkey
27276 Crab-eating Macaque
27306 Rhesus Macaque
28092 Crab-eating Macaque
28098 Crab-eating Macaque
28100 Crab-eating Macaque
28104 Crab-eating Macaque
28109 Crab-eating Macaque
28114 Crab-eating Macaque
28545 Squirrel Monkey
28562 Squirrel Monkey
28796 Crab-eating Macaque
30749 Crab-eating Macaque
30755 Crab-eating Macaque
30813 Rhesus Macaque
30914 Rhesus Macaque
30916 Rhesus Macaque
30983 Rhesus Macaque
31031 Rhesus Macaque
34273 Crab-eating Macaque
34274 Crab-eating Macaque
34275 Crab-eating Macaque
34276 Crab-eating Macaque
34278 Crab-eating Macaque
34279 Crab-eating Macaque
34280 Crab-eating Macaque
34281 Crab-eating Macaque
cj0233 Common Marmoset
cj0453 Common Marmoset D
cj0495 Common Marmoset
cj0506 Common Marmoset
cj1654 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
S93052 Rhesus Macaque
R95054 Rhesus Macaque D
R95065 Rhesus Macaque D
R95076 Rhesus Macaque D
R95100 Rhesus Macaque
R96108 Rhesus Macaque
R97041 Rhesus Macaque
R97082 Rhesus Macaque
R97111 Rhesus Macaque
Response from Jordana Lenon, public relations manager for WNPRC. Citizens' requests Lenon refused to answer.
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
B15A Vervet
788E Rhesus Macaque
9382 Vervet
1984-016 Vervet
1991-016 Vervet
1992-015 Vervet
1994-014 Vervet
1994-046 Vervet
1994-087 Vervet
1995-046 Vervet
1995-101 Vervet
1996-022 Vervet
MCY24525 Crab-eating Macaque
MCY24540 Crab-eating Macaque
OIPM-007 Crab-eating Macaque
MCY24525 Crab-eating Macaque
MCY24540 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
196 Baboon
The Fauna Foundation Chimpanzees
Center for Biologics Evaluation
Univ. of Alabama - Birmingham

Univ. of Minnesota

00FP8 Long-tailed Macaque
312E Rhesus Macaque
9711B Rhesus Macaque
99IP61 Long-tailed Macaque
CDC-Column E 2002


Understanding Primates

Peacemaking Among Primates, by Frans DeWaal.

DeWaal works at Yerkes. All of his books are interesting and worth reading; this one especially. Be warned, though, DeWaal either blindly supports the vivisection industry or is a coward. The rhesus macaques he wrote about in this work were all sent to Louisiana for use in infectious disease research even though the institution that owned the monkeys, and for whom DeWaal had worked, had promised in writing not to harm the monkeys. DeWaal was deafeningly silent.

Through a Window, by Jane Goodall.

In the Shadow of Man, by Jane Goodall.

The Chimpanzees of Gombe: Patterns of Behavior, by Jane Goodall.

Goodall's life's work has has arguably been the largest single factor in the public's recognition that chimpanzees are so like humans.


Gorillas in the Mist, by Diane Fossey


The Pictorial Guide to the Living Primates, by Noel Rowe. This is the best general guide to all the living primate species currently available.

Almost Human: A Journey into the World of Baboons, by Shirley C. Strum.

Chimpanzee Cultures, Richard W. Wrangham (Editor), et al.

Great Ape Societies, McGrew. W. C. (Editor), et al.

How Monkeys See the World: Inside the Mind of Another Species, by Dorothy L. Cheney and Robert M. Seyfarth. Written by primate lab insiders, this landmark book points out that the vocalizations of monkeys are specific in their meaning.

The Mentality of Apes, by Wolfgang Kohler. This is an important classic. Secondarily, it shows how long science has been aware that the minds of other primates are very similar to ours. Look for a used copy; the current reprints are too expensive.

Chimpanzee Cross-Fostering and Human Language Acquisition

Kanzi : The Ape at the Brink of the Human Mind, by Sue Savage-Rumbaugh and Roger Lewin. Savage-Rumbaugh and her husband Duane Rumbaugh, have been associated with the Yerkes Primate Center for some time. Neither have had the courage to really consider and speak publicly about the implications of what they have learned about the minds of apes and monkeys. Nevertheless, Kanzi is an important book and underscores the sensitivity of the minds of those who are experimented on in the primate labs.

Next of Kin: My Conversations With Chimpanzees, by Roger Fouts and Stephen Tukel Mills.

Lucy: Growing Up Human: A Chimpanzee Daughter in a Psychotherapist's Family, by Maurice K. Temerlin. A sad book about the inevitable results of raising a chimpanzee to believe she is human.

Nim: A Chimpanzee Who learned Sign Language, by Herbert S. Terrace. A classic in the literature of chimpanzee abuse. Terrace first claimed that Nim learned sign language and then, sometime after the book was published, he withdrew the claim and declared that Nim had just been imitating his trainers. The story almost deflected all serious consideration of the fact that animals can learn to converse with humans in human language. The final analysis by many observers was that Terrace treated Nim very poorly and unfairly.

The Case for Rights

The Great Ape Project, Peter Singer and Paola Cavalieri (Editors). After reading this book we sent copies to all the members of the U.S. Senate. Simply, the essays in this book demolish any claim that the other great apes: bonobos, orangutans, gorillas and chimpanzees are not entitled to basic rights.

Animal Liberation, by Peter Singer.

This is the book that launched the modern animal rights movement and includes a chapter dealing largely with primate experimentation.

Drawing the Line: Science and the Case for Animal Rights, by Steven M. Wise.

Primate Vivisection and Abuse

The Monkey Wars, by Deborah Blum. Blum won a Pulitzer for the series of articles that made up this book. While she is decidedly in support of experimenting on primates, she presents an outstanding overview of the conflict. Though now a bit dated, it is a must read for those trying to understand the history of the modern debate regarding primate experimentation.

Visions of Caliban: On Chimpanzees and People, by Dale Peterson. This is a valuable book, but its worth is limited by the lack of an index. Important historical events are recounted and documented. Keep a notebook handy as you read.

Brutal Kinship, by Michael Nichols and Jane Goodall.

This would be a coffee table book due to its large size and high quality images. But it might give you nightmares. Human cruelty to chimpanzees is presented in stark reality.

Maternal Deprivation Experiments in Psychology: A Critique of Animal Models, by Martin L. Stevens. (Out of print) An exhaustive and impressive accounting of all the Harlowesque experiments up until about 1985. In Defense of Animals has a few hundred copies in their back room.

What the Vivisectors Have to Say

Why Animal Experimentation Matters: The Use of Animals in Medical Research, Ellen Frankel Paul and Jeffrey Paul, editors; published by the Social Philosophy and Policy Foundation and by Transaction Publishers. Paperback edition.

This text is worth reading even though it is not always specific to the issue of primates in biomedical research. Stuart Zola-Morgan, the current director of the Yerkes Primate Center is one of the contributers. Adrian Morrison, a cat and rat vivisector, defends the horrible primate deafferentiation experiments that led to the founding of PeTA. The essays offer a glimpse into the minds of vivisectors. You can read an extensive review of the text on our essay page.

Through the Looking Glass : Issues of Psychological Well-Being in Captive Nonhuman Primates, Melinda A. Novak and Andrew J. Petto (Editors).

The Psychological Well-Being of Nonhuman Primates, by the National Research Council. Both of the books above are important. The world of primate vivisection is a world of halting admissions regarding the minds and emotions of these animals, their clear need for family and a rich environment, and the failure of the labs to do much about it.

Handbook of Squirrel Monkey Research, by Leonard A. Rosenblum and Christopher L. Coe. Chris Coe is the director of the University of Wisconsin’s Harlow Primate Psychology Lab, a facility only a few feet away from the Wisconsin Regional Primate Research Center, but indistinguishable otherwise. The text provides much data about the history of hurting these small animals.

The Primates (Out of print.)This is one of the old Life Nature Series published by Time/Life Books. It is still pretty easy to find in used bookstores and thrift shops; the series was sold through the mail. Of especial interest is the chapter on primate experimentation. The photographs of the experiments are startling. We are told that the reason for the then band new NIH primate centers was to develop a supply of monkeys for organ transplants.

Debunking the Pseudoscience of Vivisection

Sacred Cows and Golden Geese: The Human Cost of Experiments on Animals, by C. Ray Greek and Jean Swingle-Greek.

Specious Science: How Genetics and Evolution Reveal Why Medical Research on Animals Harms Humans, by C. Ray Greek and Jean Swingle-Greek. Together, the Greeks' books are essentially volume one and two of an extensive survey of medical progress and the historical role of animal experimentation. Extensively documented and supportive of science, these texts expose the facts behind the myths created by the spin doctors of the vivisection industry.

Aping Science: A Critical Analysis of Research at the Yerkes Regional Primate Research Center, by the Committee on Animal Models in Biomedical Research. (Out of print.) An amazing refutation of the entire Yerkes program. Contact the Medical Research Modernization Society (MRMC) for a lead on old copies.

Past Claims of Science and Society

Ape, Man, Apeman: Changing Views Since 1600, Raymond Corby and Bert Theunissen (Editors). (Out of print.) Hard to find, but well worth the search.

Slavery Defended: The Views of the Old South, Eric L. McKitrick (Editor). This is an important work. Prior to the Civil War many intellectuals argued that there were compelling reasons to keep Africans enslaved.

Africans on Stage: Studies in Ethnological Show Business, Bernth Lindfors (Editor). White men have a history of exhibiting other primates whether human, other ape, or monkey. We’re still at it.

The Nazi Doctors: Medical Killing and the Psychology of Genocide, by Robert Jay Lifton. This may be one of the most important books on this list. It is impossible not to wonder just how we can be so very cruel to each other. Lifton’s work suggests that we are all capable of the most horrendous behavior if we allow ourselves to let others think for us. Today, the vivisectors have allowed federal regulations to define their morality.

Death of Medicine in Nazi Germany : Dermatology and Dermatopathology Under the Swastika, by Wolfgang Weyers, A. Bernard Ackerman.


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