Animal care staff, veterinarians, and support staff are on-site at the Center 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, year-round. Outdoors, animal care staff feed the monkeys twice a day with a nutritionally complete diet of Purina Monkey Chow (“monkey biscuits”), and clean the outdoor corral substrates, climbing structures and A-frame houses on a regular basis. They conduct twice daily health checks during which the monkeys are trained to move around the perimeter of the corral in order to give staff an opportunity to visualize each animal and be alert for those that might need some additional attention. Staff are familiar with each animal’s history, personality, and relationship with other animals, and are able to recognize immediately if an animal requires a visit to the CNPRC veterinarians.
Indoor housed animals are also fed monkey chow and fresh fruits and vegetables, in addition to enrichment foods (see Enrichment, to right). They are housed in enclosures that allow them to spend the daytime hours with another animal – either male or female pairs, or male / female pairs and offspring. Animals are housed separately at night when fewer staff are available to monitor interactions.