Species of NHPs in the Center
The first NHP to be raised by the primate research center is cynomolgus macaque because of its lack of breeding season which made them suitable for research of reproduction, aging and infectious diseases. Additionally, cynomolgus macaques are common in Thailand and thus appropriate for domestication and production as laboratory animals in health sciences. Macaques with known origins, clear genetic traits and specific-pathogen-free (SPF) are now in great demands for drug testing and research. Thailand has a great potential in production of macaques with quality health and genetics to the world’s demand.
At present, we have more than 700 cynomolgus macaques, and in 2022 we plan to have 200 common marmosets (Note: after the construction of marmoset building is completed). They are free from tuberculosis, B virus, SIV, SRV and STLV that are reared in social housing system.