Thursday, August 4, 2011
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Gwinnett Daily Post
A rhesus monkey plays in its compound in this 2009 file photo at the Yerkes Primate Center Field Station in Lawrenceville.
LAWRENCEVILLE -- Officials at the Lawrenceville field station for the Yerkes National Primate Research Center have completed a recount of the center's nearly 1,900 rhesus macaques, and, aside from the monkey reported missing in June, all were accounted for.
On June 15, a 2-year-old female rhesus macaque was found to be missing from the Emory University-run Yerkes station off Collins Hill Road. Subsequent searches have been unfruitful, as multiple officials have said they believe the monkey to be deceased.
At the beginning of July, Yerkes representatives said that members of the center were undertaking an "intensive process to individually re-account for" each of the 1,900 or so rhesus macaques at the facility, using alpha-numeric codes tattooed on their chests.
In a statement released last week, officials said the original missing monkey -- known as Ep13 -- was the only macaque unaccounted for.
"We continue to work with Emory's Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee and other regulatory authorities to review our search efforts and refine our operating procedures," the statement said, "while remaining focused on our research programs to advance science and improve health."
An early-June inspection of the center by officials from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and U.S. Department of Agriculture revealed no violations.