Animals in Research

Baboon Playground

Location: Texas, USA
Group: Primates
Species: Baboon
Research Areas: Aging and longevity, Cardiovascular disease, Contraception, Diabetes, Epilepsy, Heart research, Hypertension, Immune system aging, Insulin resistance, Ischemic stroke, Liver cancer, Liver disease, Osteoporosis, Pertussis, Sepsis, Tissue-engineered heart valves, Zika virus

These baboons are needed as a model for a variety of studies, including research focused on understanding the genetics of complex diseases, such as cardiovascular disease and metabolic disorders. These two baboons are males socially housed in a baboon corral with other male baboons. They are seated on climbing structures that serve as part of their enrichment. Their care team aims to promote species-typical behaviors and psychological well-being using social, physical, occupational, feeding and sensory enrichment opportunities.