The Wisconsin Primate Center is one of eight large primate laboratories that comprise the National Institutes of Health's National Primate Research Center System. Other large primate laboratories around the country are also supported by the NIH, but the eight centers, in order of their entry into the system: Oregon, Washington, Wisconsin, Massachusetts, Georgia, Louisiana, California, and Texas, are considered flagships of the NIH animal model research enterprise.
Officially known as the Wisconsin National Primate Research Center (WPRC), WPRC was first funded on June 1, 1961. Harry F. Harlow was the center's first director and largely responsible for establishing the center at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Harlow was instrumental in making the national system what it is today. His career is documented in the History section of our website.
Today, WPRC keeps approximately 1500 monkeys on hand. According to the center, these include about 1200 rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta); about 280 common marmosets (Callithrix jacchus); and an undisclosed number of stump-tailed macaques (Macaca arctoides) and patas monkeys (Erythrocebus patas).
WPRC Web Site: http://www.primate.wisc.edu/
Primate Information Network entry: http://pin.primate.wisc.edu/idp/idp/entry/204
A significant body of documentation is available regarding the use of monkeys at the center as well as some of the monkeys' life stories gleaned from official documents.
The following links will help one become more conversant with the hidden realities behind the center's locked doors:
Life stories of monkeys at WPRC:
cj0233 Common Marmoset
cj0453 Common Marmoset
r80180 Rhesus Macaque
r90128 Rhesus Macaque
r93014 Rhesus Macaque
r97041 Rhesus Macaque
r95100 Rhesus Macaque
s93052 Rhesus Macaque
Official documents and history:
Madison's Hidden Monkeys is a project of the