The determination of health status in spider monkeys (Ateles geoffroyi) that are held in managed care requires periodic evaluation. The present study obtained baseline data on hematologic values, body weight, and length in A. geoffroyi. A total of 118 individuals from three housing centers were included in the study and grouped into two categories by age (92 adults, 26 juveniles) and sex (46 males, 72 females). Body weight, red blood cell (RBC) counts, and hemoglobin counts were significantly higher in adult males than in adult females. No differences in length were found between sex and age groups. The present findings indicate that hematologic values by age and sex in A. geoffroyi are similar to those reported in other spider monkey populations in both managed care and the wild. These results will be useful as a reference for young individuals and adults in future studies of the health of this species.
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11 March 2022
HEMATOLOGIC REFERENCE INTEVALS FOR SPIDER MONKEYS (ATELES GEOFFROYI) IN MANAGED CARE WITH RESPECT TO SEX AND AGE
María de Jesús Rovirosa-Hernández,
Juan Francisco Rodríguez-Landa,
Eduardo A. Gazol-Patiño,
Abril de los Ángeles Aguilar-Tirado