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Collection of primate specific exhibits

There is a collection of primate specific exhibits in the pathology department that has been collected in recent years and worked up by the pathology staff. Currently, the collection comprises about 140 skull preparations of different primate species of different sex and age. The spectrum ranges from wet-nosed monkeys to various New World and Old World monkeys species to apes. Among other things, exhibits of orangutans, gorillas and chimpanzees are also presented. Altogether, skulls of about 60 different nonhuman primate species are exhibited. There are also skull preparations from different domestic and farm animals for comparison. The specimens are derived from animals of our own husbandry, from zoological gardens or from private monkey keepers who have been transferred to pathology for diagnostic purposes.

Also presented are various bone diseases of the spine and joints such as arthrosis, kyphosis, lordosis, and fractures.

The exhibition contains several full body skeletons including a chimpanzee skeleton, two baboon skeletons, a white tufted monkey and a tree spike, as well as whole body specimens of a gibbon and a white-tufted leprechaun, the latter prepared by an external taxidermist for our exhibition.

The exhibition is located in the corridor of the Pathology Unit in the first floor of the laboratory section and can be visited there anytime. We are also happy to borrow exhibits for training purposes. Contact persons are Wolfgang Henkel and Daniel Aschoff.





Skull of a rhesus monkey (source: DPZ).
High-grade kyphosis and lordosis of the spine of a langur (source: DPZ).