Primate diets

Teklad primate diets are fixed-formula diets formulated to provide the proper balance of nutrients required by new-world and old-world primates of all breeds and ages. Diets are formulated to provide uniform experimental and production results.

A combination of plant, milk and fish protein sources supplies the proper amounts and balance of essential amino acids necessary to maintain the physical condition of research primates throughout their life cycle and research function.

High-quality fat sources provide the balance of essential fatty acids required for growth, maintenance, and reproduction. These sources of fat also provide a highly digestible source of energy.

Teklad primate diets are fortified with vitamin and minerals including vitamin D3 for proper bone development and vitamin C for prevention of scurvy and anemia. Stabilized vitamin C (L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate) is used to extend the shelf life. Diets are nutritionally complete and balanced making additional dietary supplements unnecessary.

Teklad primate Diets are extruded to help break down starches, improving digestibility and palatability. Feeding highly digestible extruded diets results in firm stools, which helps reduce cleaning time.

Teklad primate dietsNon-autoclavable form
Teklad global 20% protein primate diet 2050
Teklad global 25% protein primate diet 2055
Teklad hi-fiber primate diet 7195
Teklad 15% monkey diet 8714
Teklad 15/10 hi-fiber monkey diet 8788
Teklad new world primate diet 8794
Not all products are stocked locally; extended lead time and additional fees may apply.
Many diets are available in certified format designated by a “C” following the product code. When diets are certified a representative sample is tested for a panel of contaminants. If not stocked as certified, certification can be made available upon request. Minimum order size and additional charges may apply.

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There is no definitive point where one is able to predict when a specific diet will spoil or become deficient in one or more nutrients. The common guideline of a six month shelf life is based on longstanding practice in North America. In Europe and Asia, differences in local practices and regulatory oversight have led to Teklad standard natural ingredient diets being routinely used out to nine months and sometimes 12 months post-manufacture. This practical experience, along with literature support and vitamin testing over time, gives us confidence that these diets continue to support animal health and study integrity out to at least nine months post-manufacture. Please refer to your institution for guidance if you are unsure of local policies.

Recommended storage conditions:

  • Cool and dry; at or below 70 degrees fahrenheit with humidity ideally below 50%, but up to 65% is acceptable
  • Clean and free of pests
  • In original packaging or in a container that prevents continuous exposure to light and minimal exposure to air

In general, nonhuman primates will consume an amount of diet equal to four percent of their body weight but there are many factors that can affect daily consumption including species, life-stage, housing, and environmental conditions. Small amounts of fruits, vegetables, or nuts may be fed as environmental enrichment. Clean fresh water should always be available.

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