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Essential Books for Primate Keepers

Updated on July 18, 2011

Essential Books For Primate Keepers

Primates are popular. They are the species that many novice and trainee keepers aspire to work with. As they have also been used in the laboratory there is much more written on the care and husbandry than many zoo animals. Primate keepers then are lucky, because the information is out there.

There are any number of Primate Books to choose from and making the choice over the internet is so much easier. The problem lies in the time needed to do this and sorting out the wheat from the chaff.

I have worked in the zoo industry for over forty years now and during that time have been both an avid reader and book collector. The choice you see below are books I would choose. Those I would suggest reading.

I have not read them all but I have had the opportunity to pick and browse. You can order any of these books simply by clicking on the links below.

I have tried to make the suggested reading as broad as possible but I nearly re-named this the twenty essential books.

It is hardly a complete list. I can think of several others. Whatever your choice also take a look at The Ten Most Essential Books For Zoo Keepers. Book Reviews also appear in ZooNews Digest from time to time.

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    LRobbins 8 years ago from Germany

    I can't wait to read some of your choices. I have a B.Sc in Primatology, and have worked closely with gorillas and studied howler monkeys in Belize, so LOVE primates. One of my favourite primate books with amazing pictures is: Primates: The Amazing World of Lemurs, Monkeys, and Apes by Art Wolfe, Russell Mittermeier, and Barbara Sleeper .

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    Kim Garcia 8 years ago

    What a fascinating life you lead. I saw the movie and read the book by Dian Fossey. What an adventurous lifestyle. I have also dreamed of going to Africa some day. Enjoyed your story.

    Be Blessed,


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    Peter Dickinson 8 years ago from South East Asia

    Thank you Kim.

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