The SNPRC is home to about 3,200 nonhuman primates, including chimpanzees and a variety of monkey species. By far the majority, though, are baboons. With approximately 2,200 of these animals, Texas Biomed has the world's largest colony of baboons for biomedical research. Approximately 1,500 of these baboons are part of a unique pedigreed colony, on which scientists have maintained complete family, health and genetic histories for six generations. More than 900 of the animals in the pedigreed colony have been genotyped, and that information has been used by Texas Biomed scientists to create a baboon genetic linkage map, the first gene map of any nonhuman primate. Together, the pedigreed colony and the baboon gene map give scientists an incredibly powerful research tool for finding the genes that underlie natural susceptibility to or protection from a variety of diseases.
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SNPRC has an extensive environmental enrichment program. The goal of the program is to provide a better home for the monkeys and apes housed in our facilities. We give them opportunities to express species-typical behaviors that are found normally in primates living in the wild.