Squirrel Monkey Haven is dedicated to providing lifelong care to squirrel monkeys retired from research.
Working with the research community and sanctuary professionals we help advance the practice of research monkey retirement.
Using educational outreach, we share knowledge about squirrel monkeys and research monkey retirement.
What is research monkey retirement about?
GREAT NEWS! In the research community, there is an emerging trend to retire monkeys when research studies are completed*
*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 been imported to the United States from South America since the early 1900’s, to be kept as pets, exhibited in zoos, and used in research. Squirrel monkeys living in the USA cannot go back to the wild and need lifelong care in appropriate facilities.
Note: It is ILLEGAL to keep any species of monkey as a pet in California and most other states.
Why is a squirrel monkey retirement haven needed?
Squirrel monkeys are widely used in research and there is need for more retirement housing.
What are squirrel monkeys like?
Although small at about 1 to 2 lbs, they have big personalities, are curious about everything, have lots of smarts, and are super social with each other.
Is it safe to release monkeys from research?
VETERINARIANS provide healthcare to monkeys used in research and only release healthy monkeys for retirement.
Squirrel Monkey Haven (SMH)
An enriching lifelong home for squirrel monkeys retired from research.