The importance of ultra violet (UV) light provision for captive reptiles is well documented; appropriate UVA and UVB lighting for various species is behaviourally and physiologically beneficial. However, the effect of UV light provision in other taxa has not received as much attention, possibly due to the difficulty in establishing ‘natural’ requirements. In-situ, many primates inhabit biomes with high levels of UV radiation; therefore, captive habitats should attempt to replicate these UV levels. By testing UV lighting provision in a range of captive primate species, we can provide scientific evidence on the effect of UVA and UVB. We have also monitored seasonal UV levels at both Paignton Zoo and Newquay Zoo, which can be compared to native range UV levels. Findings have led to recommendations for improved husbandry and enclosure management in the provision of UV lighting for many of our primate species.
Holly Farmer, Paignton Zoo
Morris, S., Hillcoat-Nalletamby. I-R. and Farmer, H.L. 2018. The effect of artificial UV light on captive primate behaviour. 20th Annual BIAZA Research Conference, Paignton Zoo, UK.
Morris, S., Hillcoat-Nalletamby. I-R. and Farmer, H.L. 2018. The effect of artificial UV light on captive primate behaviour. BIAZA Mammal Working Group meeting, Dublin Zoo, Ireland.
Hillcoat-Nalletamby, I-R. and Farmer, H.L. 2017. Investigation provision of UVB lighting on behaviour and physiology of brown spider monkeys. 19th Annual BIAZA Research Conference, RZSS Edinburgh Zoo, UK.
Hillcoat-Nalletamby, I-R. and Farmer, H.L. 2017. UV for primates, what we’ve learnt so far…. BIAZA Mammal Working Group, Yorkshire Wildlife Park, UK.
Appleby, N., and Baker, K. 2016. Investigating the effects of ultraviolet light levels on captive brown spider monkeys (Ateles hybridus).17th Annual BIAZA Research Conference, Yorkshire Wildlife Park, UK.