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Primates Course

Management, maintenance and conservation

A course aimed at professionals and university students of biology, veterinary medicine, psychology, etc., and all those interested in learning from the best professionals how primates are handled under controlled conditions. We will talk about their needs, evolution, cognitive aspects, conservation programs, welfare evaluation, veterinary medicine, etc.  


November 25 and 26, 2023


Saturday from 9 am to 7 pm. (Approximate schedule). Sunday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Approximate timetable).


Recommended for university students (Biology, Veterinary, Environmental studies, Psychology,...) and general public.


Course: 110 €.

Contact us for more information about our discount vouchers.

Cancellation of the reservation and, consequently, the refund of the payment, must be made at least one week in advance or, if applicable, duly justified.


Saturday, November 25, 2023

  • 9:00 a.m. Reception of participants. Accreditations.
  • 9.15 – 10.45am. Primates: taxonomic classification and biological characteristics. Captive Breeding Programs (EEP)

Agustín López Goya. Director of Biology. Madrid Zoo-Aquarium. Parques Reunidos Group.

  • 10.45 - 11.00am: Break
  • 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Behavioral and animal welfare indicators in primates.

Dr. Xavier Manteca. Professor Department of Animal and Food Science. Veterinary school. University Autonomous Community of Barcelona.

  • 12:30 – 2:00 p.m. Intelligence and cognition in primates . Dr. Susana Sánchez Rodríguez. Faculty of Psychology. Primatology Research Group. Autonomous University of Madrid.
  • 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.: Lunch break.
  • 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Maintenance of primates: species and facilities at the Madrid Zoo-Aquarium.

María Delclaux Royal of Asúa. Conservator of Terrestrial Mammals. Madrid Zoo-Aquarium. Parques Reunidos Group.

  • 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Handling of primates under controlled conditions . The importance of environmental enrichment.

Maica Espinosa Melo. Primate Caregiver. Madrid Zoo-Aquarium. Parques Reunidos Group.

  • 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Environmental enrichment program in different primate facilities at the Zoo (Practical Session I).
  • 7:00 p.m. End of day

Sunday, November 26, 2023

  • 9:00 a.m. Reception of participants
  • 9.30 – 10.30am. Environmental enrichment program in different primate facilities at the Zoo (Practical Session II)
  • o  11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Systems of social organization in primates

Dr. Félix Zaragoza. Professor of Ethology. Veterinary school. Alfonso X El Sabio University. Madrid.

  • o  12:30 – 2:00 p.m. In situ primate conservation programs. Ainare Idoiaga. Vet. Pandrillus Foundation . PASA Advisory Member Comet _ Pending confirmation.
  • 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Lunch break
  • 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Visit facilities (Practical Session III).
  • 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. General veterinary medicine in primates

Juncal García. Veterinary Department. Madrid Zoo-Aquarium. Reunited Parks.

  • 5:30 p.m. Conclusions and Delivery of Diplomas
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