Primates are a group of highly developed mammals also including humans. The close similarities make non-human primates an ideal model for studying human diseases and complex nervous systems. Due to their highly differentiated social behavior, their large distribution and different adaptations to most diverse habitats, they are also good examples for ecological, behavioral and evolutionary research.
The Primate Husbandry Unit is the central infrastructural facility at the DPZ. Its general mission is the breeding, husbandry and care of non-human primates as well as veterinary support for the animals.
Import and export of primates and biological samples for the German and European science community is organized and legally supervised and supported in collaboration with international shipping companies and airlines.
The DPZ provides biological samples to scientific institutions and research groups, as well as veterinary support of external scientific projects.
Also animal welfare and protection from infectious diseases with appropriate training and the education of the staff is one of the major tasks at the DPZ. Furthermore, the breeding management, the husbandry conditions of the breeding colonies and the basic conditions in animal testing are regularly inspected, improved and optimized. Especially the improvement of animal research is ensured by the development of new in vivo techniques in biomedical research and the design of new diagnostic tools.