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Replay: Challenges in primate nutrition and health monitoring

✔ The 3 biggest challenges in primate nutrition and feeding when under human care.

✔ What are the best practices for health monitoring and disease control in non-human primate populations.

✔ 3 tips for you to see Brazilian projects that work with non-human primates up close.

New Class!

Os desafios na nutrição e no monitoramento da saúde de primatas.

Micos-leões abraçados

Nutritional and Clinical Management of Neotropical Primates

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Practical application in the conservation of in-situ and ex-situ species.

100% Online, course will be provided in Portuguese with subtitles in English or Spanish

10 modules plus an exclusive bonus with over 50 topics on primates. You will interact with the instructors during the course and ask questions.

Target audience: students and professionals in Veterinary, Biology, Animal Science and the like. 

10 modules that will discuss  behavior, anatomy, health, environmental enrichment, nutritional diseases, diet formulation and primate feeding strategies conducted in Brazil.

Tentative start date:
Nov 23

Instructors  with over 20 years' experience!


Profa. M.V. Mikaelly Frasson

Muriqui Instituto de Biodiversidade.

Prof. MSc. Ana Raquel Faria

Fauna em Foco


Prof. MSc. Lucas Andrade Carneiro

Bioparque, Rio de Janeiro

✔ Target audience: students and professionals in Veterinary, Biology, Animal Science and the like. 

✔Questions? You'll have 6 months to discuss them with the instructors!

✔Recorded lessons available for 1 year to watch whenever and wherever you can.

✔ Free E-Certificate included 

✔ 7-day test period 

✔ 35  hours of classes


Module I​ Nutrition to sustain life

1. Essential nutrients for primates  


a. Feeding strategies for free-ranging primates

b. Nutritional wisdom? How do animals find nutrients in the wild?

c. In-situ primate nutrition research

D. Ex-situ primate nutrition research

e. Where to find nutritional references for primates

f. Nutrients that are considered essential for primates

g. Most used ingredients in primates diet

h. Importance of primate nutrition in in-situ and ex-situ conservation projects

i. What is the influence of food and nutritional management on primate reproduction?


2. Most common, prohibited and occasional foods


a. Foods that should be included in the diet of primates

b. Are there prohibited foods?

c. The role of supplementation in the diet of primates

d. Food options that may be provided occasionally

e. Is it possible to use foods found in the  wild in the diet of captive primates?

f. Fruits for primates: after all, are fruits for human consumption an option?

3. Feeding strategies for primates in the wild  


a. Foraging behavior: how long per day do primates spend feeding?

b. Are there nocturnal primates?

c. Groups hierarchy and influence on consumption

d. Nutritional strategies related to the reproductive season

e. Nutrition and conservation: the importance of learning for reintroduction projects

f. Eating habits associated with energy metabolism

4. Anatomy and morphology of the species' digestive system  


a. Learning about the digestive system

b. Digestion and absorption of nutrients

c. Particularities of the digestive system of leaf-eating primates

d. Particularities of the digestive system of insectivorous primates

e. Particularities of the digestive system of generalist primates

Module II​ Nutrition and health

5. Nutritional requirements


a. How to assess nutritional references

b. How to estimate the nutritional requirement of wild primates

c. Daily energy calculation: most used formulas

d. Protein need for animals with different eating habits

E. The importance of fiber for leaf-eating animals

f. Is fat important? What are the main sources?

g. Micronutrients: what are the current recommendations?


6. Most common nutritional diseases


a. Nutritional excess diseases

b. Nutritional deficiency diseases

c. Progressive weight loss syndrome

d. Hypovitaminosis C

e. Osteometabolic deficiencies

f. Diabetes mellitus

g. Obesity

h. How nutritional management can help clinical recovery

i. Options for enteral diet

j. How to calculate the volume supplied?

7. Food safety 


a. Food purchases: most important health aspects

b. Food storage

c. How to store perishable food

d. Key points in primate care

e. The role of keepers in ensuring animal health

f. Is there a a guarantee of food safety?

Module III​
Feeding and behavior

8. Handling and preparing diets