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Keywords:

  • anaemia;
  • captivity;
  • deficiencies;
  • New World primates;
  • nutrients;
  • primates;
  • toxicity;
  • vitamins;
  • zinc

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.