Welcome to The Macaque Website, a free resource for everyone who works with, or is interested in, laboratory macaques: animal care staff and technicians, facility managers, veterinarians, researchers, students, policy makers and IACUC/AWERB members. Developed by the UK’s National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs), this site provides referenced information and practical guidance on the natural history and behaviour of macaques, their care and management in captivity, and ways to assess their welfare. The overall aim is to help improve the welfare of macaques in laboratories and the quality of science derived from them. This educational resource is intended to complement the published literature and features over 200 videos and images from research and breeding facilities around the world with different animal management procedures.

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About macaques

An introduction to the natural history and behaviour of macaques.  
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Captive management

Practical guidance on the housing, husbandry and training of macaques.
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Welfare assessment

Tools, approaches and reference data for assessing macaque welfare.
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NC3Rs-funded research

Details of relevant research projects funded by the NC3Rs.
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Latest news

The Macaque Website is being updated Summer 2022 – suggestions for improvement and new content can be sent to webmaster@nc3rs.org.uk 

Welfare indicators for macaques – new paper with welfare assessment protocol published in F1000Research.

Refining non-human primate vaccine studies – paper in Vaccines detailing opportunities to improve welfare and science.

Standards for publicly funded non-human primate research – an updated version of our ‘Primate accommodation, care and use’ guidelines.

Get the most from the Macaque Website – seven ways to use this collaborative resource on macaque behaviour, care and welfare.

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