Animals in Research

Titi Monkey (Callicebus cupreus) Colony at the California National Primate Research Center

Location: California, USA
Group: Primates
Species: Titi Monkey
Research Areas: Neurobiology, Neuroscience, Neurotransmitters, Social attachment

The California National Primate Research Center (CNPRC) is home to the nation’s only active breeding colony of South American titi monkeys (Callicebus cupreus). These animals are small, tree-dwelling primates that originate from South America.  They live in monogamous family groups.  These nonhuman primates have been important in helping us understand the role of neurotransmitters in social attachment.  The biology of these animals closely resembles that of humans, including variations in behavior that differ from animal to animal. This video shares information about their housing, training and why they are needed for research. Learn more about the titi monkeys at the CNPRC website.