What is monkey retirement about? 

Some monkeys in research are used in nonterminal (survival) studies and researchers do not need to euthanize them to obtain scientific data. Monkeys from these nonterminal studies are eligible for retirement.

Many people in the research community are working hard to get retirement-eligible monkeys to accredited sanctuaries when studies are completed.

GREAT NEWS: There is an emerging trend to retire monkeys after research!!!

Lankau EW, Turner PV, Mullan RJ, Galland GG. 2014. Use of Nonhuman Primates in Research in North America. Journal of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science 53:3 278-282. 

Why squirrel monkeys?

Although native to Central and South America, squirrel monkeys have a long history in our society. They have been imported and bred in the United States at least since the early 1900's to be kept as pets, exhibited in zoos, and used in research.  Squirrel monkeys born in captivity in the USA cannot go back to the wild...they are here to stay.

Note: It is ILLEGAL to keep monkeys as pets in California and most other states. SMH does not condone keeping monkeys as pets.

Why is a squirrel monkey haven needed?

Squirrel monkeys are widely used in research and there is demand for more accredited sanctuary space to house monkeys retired from research. 

Celia (frnt) and Buho Sept 7 2018 from Maaike copyrighted.jpg

What are squirrel monkeys like?

Although small at 1 to 2 lbs, they have big personalities, are curious about everything, have lots of smarts, and are super social.

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Is it safe to release monkeys from research?

VETERINARIANS provide healthcare to monkeys used in research and only release healthy monkeys to sanctuaries for retirement.


Squirrel Monkey Haven

An enriching lifelong home for squirrel monkeys retired from research.