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EAZA Best Practice GuidelinesCAPUCHIN MONKEYS(Sapajus and Cebus sp.)Compiled byEditor:Name of TAG:TAG Chair:Edition 1Publication date:Tony Souvignet, Marine Giorgiadis, Benjamin Drouet and Benoit QuintardMulhouse zoo, FranceEAZA Larger New World MonkeysJan VermeerParc Animalier de Sainte-Croix2019

EAZA Best Practice Guidelines for capuchin monkeys – First editionEAZA Best Practice Guidelines disclaimerCopyright (December 2013) by EAZA Executive Office, Amsterdam. All rights reserved. No part of thispublication may be reproduced in hard copy, machine‐readable or other forms without advancewritten permission from the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA). Members of theEuropean Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA) may copy this information for their own use asneeded.The information contained in these EAZA Best Practice Guidelines has been obtained from numeroussources believed to be reliable. EAZA and the EAZA Larger New World Monkeys TAG make a diligenteffort to provide a complete and accurate representation of the data in its reports, publications, andservices. However, EAZA does not guarantee the accuracy, adequacy, or completeness of anyinformation. EAZA disclaims all liability for errors or omissions that may exist and shall not be liablefor any incidental, consequential, or other damages (whether resulting from negligence or otherwise)including, without limitation, exemplary damages or lost profits arising out of or in connection withthe use of this publication. Because the technical information provided in the EAZA Best PracticeGuidelines can easily be misread or misinterpreted unless properly analysed, EAZA stronglyrecommends that users of this information consult with the editors in all matters related to dataanalysis and interpretation.EAZA PreambleRight from the very beginning it has been the concern of EAZA and the EEPs to encourage andpromote the highest possible standards for husbandry of zoo and aquarium animals. For this reason,quite early on, EAZA developed the “Minimum Standards for the Accommodation and Care ofAnimals in Zoos and Aquaria”. These standards lay down general principles of animal keeping, towhich the members of EAZA feel themselves committed. Above and beyond this, some countrieshave defined regulatory minimum standards for the keeping of individual species regarding the sizeand furnishings of enclosures etc., which, according to the opinion of authors, should definitely befulfilled before allowing such animals to be kept within the area of the jurisdiction of those countries.These minimum standards are intended to determine the borderline of acceptable animal welfare. Itis not permitted to fall short of these standards. How difficult it is to determine the standards,however, can be seen in the fact that minimum standards vary from country to country.Above and beyond this, specialists of the EEPs and TAGs have undertaken the considerable task oflaying down guidelines for keeping individual animal species. Whilst some aspects of husbandryreported in the guidelines will define minimum standards, in general, these guidelines are not to beunderstood as minimum requirements; they represent best practice. As such the EAZA Best PracticeGuidelines for keeping animals intend rather to describe the desirable design of enclosures andprerequisites for animal keeping that are, according to the present state of knowledge, considered asbeing optimal for each species. They intend above all to indicate how enclosures should be designedand what conditions should be fulfilled for the optimal care of individual species.2

EAZA Best Practice Guidelines for capuchin monkeys – First editionAcknowledgementsWe would like to thank Jan Vermeer and Adrian Baumeyer, TAG Chair and Vice-tag chair of theLarger New World Monkeys and also Jean-Pascal Guéry, ESB studbook keeper for Cepus capucinus.They gave us precious advice during all the writing of this EAZA Best Practice Guidelines for thecapuchin monkeys.Moreover, we thank all the specialists who worked with us to write this document :Sabrina Brando for the zoo management part, Francis Cabana for the nutrition part, Stephen Nashfor the drawings of capuchins and Gustavo Rodrigues Canale for the field data part.We would like to address our warm thanks to Camille Fiore for the drawings, to Michel Foos for thepictures and to Eric Isselée for the front page picture.Furthermore, we thank all the 54 zoos that participated in our survey :3

EAZA Best Practice Guidelines for capuchin monkeys – First editionSummaryThis document deals with general biology and keeping requirements to provide adequatelevels of well-being for capuchins in captive environment.Section 1., Biology and Field Data, reflects our current knowledge of species in the naturalenvironment using the most recent taxonomic information. The philosophy behind this is that ex situconservation can be used more effectively as a conservation tool if it is part of an integratedapproach to species conservation (IUCN, 2014). The potential need for a conservation role of an EAZAex situ population has therefore been decided in consultation with in situ specialists. Several TAGmembers and species coordinators are involved in range-state species conservation planningprocesses that evaluate and incorporate ex situ activities as part of the overall conservation strategy.This section provides wide and actual information about the species in its natural habitat.Section 2., Management in Zoos, covers housing and exhibition, nutrition, food presentation, welfareand enrichment, social structure, behaviour and veterinary care. This part was written relying on 2surveys realized at the end of winter-beginning of spring 2017 for the management part and summer2017 for the vet part. Capuchins need to be kept in groups, however their social structure results ineventual evictions of group members. Therefore, keeping those animals implies having sufficientenclosures to accommodate evicted animals in appropriate conditions. The Guidelines includecomprehensive sections on managing evictions and holding surplus animals. A comprehensiveveterinary section provides information on current knowledge on all aspects of medical care. It isessential that capuchins are provided with complex environments and there is detailed practicalinformation on environmental enrichment and medical training.This document is for the capuchins holders to get the better knowledge about keeping thismagnificent species in the appropriate and best possible way, and for future holders that should beprepared to offer the animals optimal housing and care. Regularly consulting the Guidelines andsharing them with all staff members (especially keepers!) is recommended. Holders are advised tocontact TAG members with any concerns or queries about capuchin husbandry.4

EAZA Best Practice Guidelines for capuchin monkeys – First editionList of tables and figuresTable 1: Morphological comparison between Catarrhines and Platyrrhines . 11Table 2: Morphological characteristics of several capuchin species (Mittermeier et al., 2013) . 35Table 3: IUCN and Ex-situ conservation status of the capuchin species. 41Table 4: Temperature in the indoor enclosure in EAZA zoos . 52Table 5: Humidity in the indoor enclosure in EAZA zoos . 52Table 6: m²/individual for the outside enclosure in EAZA zoos . 53Table 7: Advantages and disadvantages of different types of barrier. 55Table 8: Percentage of zoos (n 39) that train the capuchin monkeys according to the BPGQ . 87Table 9: Physiological data in capuchin monkeys (see part 3. Physiology) . 88Table 10: Injectable protocols used successfully to anaesthetize capuchins (BPGQ & references in thetext) . 107Table 11: Overview of injectable protocols used in 30 white-throated capuchins (ZIMS, 2018) . 107Table 12: Differences in birth control between males and females in EAZA zoos that use birth control(n 39) . 116List of figuresFigure 1: Platyrrhini parvorder in the phylogenetic tree of primates (adapted from Petkov & Jarvis,2012). 12Figure 2: Photographs of male (left) and female (right) Sapajus skulls ( Besançon Museum) . 36Figure 3: Map of distribution and overlap of Cebus/Sapajus ( Camille Fiore) . 37Figure 4: Distribution map of Sapajus species ( Camille Fiore) . 38Figure 5: Distribution map of Cebus species ( Camille Fiore) . 39Figure 6: Oestradiol and progesterone concentration (ng hormon/g feces) ( Sandra Avril) . 43Figure 7: Overview of the results about indoor enclosures in EAZA zoos . 50Figure 8: Overview of the results about lighting in EAZA zoos . 51Figure 9: Level of the outside slides in EAZA zoos . 52Figure 10: Vegetation in the enclosure of the EAZA zoos . 54Figure 11: Example of a complex environment in Schwerin zoo ( Schwerin zoo) . 54Figure 12: Example of glass walls in Gyor zoo ( Gyor zoo) . 56Figure 13: Example of an island in Zurich zoo ( Sandro Carlotti). 57Figure 14: Examples of electric device in Allwetterzoo Münster ( Dirk Wewers) and in Schwerin zoo( Schwerin zoo) . 58Figure 15: Capuchin holders and conflicts in EAZA zoos . 65Figure 16: Reasons for the conflicts in EAZA zoos . 65Figure 17: Methods of introduction in EAZA zoos . 70Figure 18: Percentage of institutions that already tried mixed-species enclosures. 70Figure 19: Mixed species enclosures with capuchins and capybaras in Salzburg zoo ( Salzburg zoo) 71Figure 20: Mixed species enclosures with capuchins and Squirrel Monkeys in Le Pal ( Le Pal) . 71Figure 21: Mother capuchin and her infant ( Michel Foos-Mulhouse zoo). 72Figure 22: Taken from The shape of enrichment 2011 . 74Figure 23: Capuchins with pumpkin as enrichment in Gaia zoo ( Gaia zoo) . 74Figure 24: Frequency of the enrichment in EAZA zoos . 755

EAZA Best Practice Guidelines for capuchin monkeys – First editionFigure 25: Capuchin training in EAZA zoos . 77Figure 26: Crate training in Mulhouse Zoo . 77Figure 27: Tools used to catch the capuchins in EAZA zoos . 83Figure 28: Training cage (left) and induction box (right) in Mulhouse zoo ( Mulhouse zoo) . 83Figure 29: Good immobilization of a capuchin monkey ( C.Fiore) . 84Figure 30: Transport box for capuchin ( IATA) . 85Figure 31: Frequency of routine faecal examination in EAZA zoos (n 40) . 89Figure 32: Reasons for performing a faecal examination in EAZA zoos (n 40) . 89Figure 33: Immunization in EAZA zoos (n 40) . 90Figure 34: Intradermal injection of tuberculin in an upper eyelid of a yellow-breasted capuchin( Mulhouse Zoo) . 91Figure 35: Oral cavity of a young and healthy yellow-breasted capuchin, on left and of an adultyellow-breasted capuchin with missing right upper canine, on right ( Mulhouse Zoo) . 92Figure 36: Mortality of capuchin monkeys in EAZA zoos (n 5 respondents) according to the BPGQ.95Figure 37: Mortality of capuchin monkeys (n 325 animals) in zoos according to ZIMS (2018) . 95Figure 38: Frequency of diseases (infectious and non-infectious combined) by system in capuchinmonkeys in EAZA zoos (n 40) . 96Figure 39: Aetiologies of skin pathologies in EAZA zoos (n 13) . 97Figure 40: Aetiologies and established treatments of reported cardiovascular diseases in EAZA zoos(BPGQ) . 98Figure 41: Aetiologies and established treatments of renal diseases in EAZA zoos (BPGQ) . 99Figure 42: Endocrine diseases in EAZA zoos (BPGQ) . 100Figure 43: Bacteria and parasites classically found by EAZA institutions . 101Figure 44: Microchip implantation in a young yellow-breasted capuchin ( Mulhouse Zoo) . 105Figure 45: Overview of immobilization protocols used in EAZA zoos. 105Figure 46: Yellow-breasted capuchin in induction box ( Mulhouse Zoo) . 106Figure 47: Endotracheal intubation in a yellow-breasted capuchin ( Mulhouse Zoo) . 108Figure 48: Oxygen saturation and heart beat monitoring in a yellow-breasted capuchin ( MulhouseZoo). 109Figure 49: Catheterization of the saphenous vein in a yellow-breasted capuchin ( Mulhouse Zoo) .110Figure 50: Venepuncture at the femoral vein (in the region of femoral triangle) in a yellow-breastedcapuchin ( Mulhouse Zoo) . 111Figure 51: Haematological and biochemical values in white-throated capuchins (Cebus capucinus)(ZIMS, 2018) . 115Figure 52: Sexing of a female yellow-breasted capuchin. Clitoris in a physiological position (left) andeverted (right) ( Mulhouse Zoo) . 115Figure 53: Efficiency of contraception procedures according to EAZA zoos, regarding birth controland social management . 116Figure 54: Implantation of a female yellow-breasted capuchin with ½ implant of etonogestrel( Mulhouse Zoo) . 1176

EAZA Best Practice Guidelines for capuchin monkeys – First editionTable of contentsSection 1: Biology and field data . 91.Taxonomy . 111)2)3)4)5)6)7)2.Order: primates . 11Suborder . 11Parvorder . 11Family . 12Subfamily . 12Genus . 12Species . 12Morphology . 351)2)3)Body size . 35General description . 35Basic anatomy . 363.Physiology. 374.Longevity . 375.Zoogeography and ecology. 371)2)3)4)6.Distribution . 37Habitat . 39Threats . 40Conservation status and actions . 40Diet and feeding behaviour . 417.Reproduction . 421)2)3)4)5)6)8.Sexual maturity . 42Reproductive cycle of females . 42Seasonality . 43Gestation period and birth rate . 43Birth rate . 43Development. 44Behaviour . 441)2)3)4)Activity . 44Locomotion . 45Social behaviour . 45Sexual behaviour . 45Section 2: Management in zoos. 471.Housing . 491)2)3)4)2.Indoor enclosure . 49Outside enclosure . 53Habitat design . 53Barriers and containment . 55Feeding . 591)2)3)3.Basic diet . 59Special dietary requirements . 63Methods of feeding . 64Social environment . 641)2)3)4)Group structure and size . 64General behaviour repertoire and communication . 66Introduction methods . 69Mixed species enclosures. 707

EAZA Best Practice Guidelines for capuchin monkeys – First edition4.Breeding . 711)2)3)4)5)5.Reproductive strategies . 71Pregnancy and parturition . 71Development of the cub . 72Hand-rearing . 72Sustainability of EEP and ESB populations . 73Behaviour management . 731)2)3)6.Environmental enrichment . 73Animal training . 77Animal welfare (By Sabrina Brando) . 78Handling . 821)2)7.Identification . 82Capture, immobilization and transport. 82Veterinary: Considerations for health and welfare . 861)2)3)4)5)6)Routine health inspection . 86Preventive health . 89Overview of diseases in capuchin monkeys . 95Non-infectious diseases . 96Infectious diseases . 100Clinical techniques . 105References .119Appendices .1298

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EAZA Best Practice Guidelines for capuchin monkeys – First edition1. Taxonomy1) Order: primatesPrimates can be divided into prosimians (25% of the taxa), monkeys (70% of the taxa) andapes (5% of the taxa). Their distribution is tropical: the majority (90%) are located between theTropic of Capricorn and the Tropic of Cancer. Brazil and Madagascar are the richest countries indiversity of primate species (214 species in total for both) (Mittermeier et al., 2013).The first of the series Handbook of The Mammals of the World listed 181 species of primates(Honacki et al., 1982). Our understanding of this order increased much in the last 15-20 years. This isthe reason why the number of species recognized evolved from 181 to 479 between the 1990s andnow. Thanks to the increasing application of molecular genetic techniques and the effort to study themembers of this group, today the IUCN/SSC Primate Specialist Group recognizes 479 species and 681taxa of primates (IUCN SSC Primate Specialist Group, 2013). Nevertheless, the number of recognizedprimates is constantly changing; there is no agreed-on “official” list (Rylands and Mittermeier, 2014),and new research give new insights and new species. It is quite interesting to see how important wasour ignorance about this group and so this is crucial to carry on the work in research. Unfortunately,the evolution of our understanding of this group was accompanied by an important increase ofthreats, caused directly or indirectly by humans (Mittermeier et al., 2013). According to the IUCN Redlist, nearly half of all living primates are threatened and almost 11% are in the critically endangeredcategory. Four species and one subspecies of capuchins are critically endangered.2) SuborderIn the group of primates, we distinguish 2 suborders: the strepsirhini and the haplorhini.While the formers are nocturnal or secondary diurnal, the latter are diurnal except for raresecondary forms (Tarsius and Aotus), which suggests that the separation of the two groupscorresponds to an orientation towards two vital rhythms (Hoffstetter, 1977). The specialcharacteristics of the haplorhini members are an invasive, hemochorial form of placenta, apostorbital plate and spatulate incisors (Feldhamer, 2015).The capuchins are part of the haplorhini suborder, like all the simians.3) ParvorderThe simian infraorder is composed of catarrhini and platyrrhini parvorders. While thecatarrhines live in the Old World, the Platyrrhines are New World monkeys, like the capuchins.In the table below, it is interesting to notice the morphological differences between OldWorld and New World monkeys.CatarrhinesPlatyrrhines2 premolar teeth3 premolar teethBony ear tubeNo bony ear tubeZygomatic and parietal bones do not fuseZygomatic and parietal bones meet at asymphasis on the side of the brain caseTable 1: Morphological comparison between Catarrhines and Platyrrhines11

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EAZA Best Practice Guidelines CAPUCHIN MONKEYS (Sapajus and Cebus sp.) Compiled by Tony Souvignet, Marine Giorgiadis, Benjamin Drouet and Benoit Quintard Editor: Mulhouse zoo, France Name of TAG: EAZA Larger New World Monkeys TAG Chair: Jan Vermeer Parc Animalier de Sainte-Croix Edition 1 Publication date: 2019