A review of nutritional deficiencies and toxicities in captive New World primates

Authors

  • S. CRISSEY,

    1. Daniel F. & Ada L. Rice Conservation Biology and Research Center, Chicago Zoological Society, Brookfield Zoo, 3300 Golf Road, Brookfield, Illinois 60513, USA
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  • L. PRIBYL

    1. Daniel F. & Ada L. Rice Conservation Biology and Research Center, Chicago Zoological Society, Brookfield Zoo, 3300 Golf Road, Brookfield, Illinois 60513, USA
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Abstract

The science of providing adequate nutrition for New World primates in captivity has improved dramatically in the past decade. To utilize these advances it is important to be aware of specific metabolic diseases and/or conditions associated with nutrient deficiencies or toxicities seen in New World primates. The non-human primate may require up to 64 dietary nutrients, highlighting the importance of an appropriate diet for optimal health. A review of the major nutritional problems which occur in captive New World primates is presented to provide a basis for good nutritional management of these species.

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