Rhesus macaque, cynomolgus macaque, common marmoset (Photos by J. Miller/University Communications and J. Lenon)

Rhesus macaque, cynomolgus macaque, common marmoset

Colony Services

Colony Services in the Division of Animal Services shares responsibilities with Veterinary Services for animal husbandry, colony records, quality assurance, animal assignments, and procurement and transportation of animals. The unit also shares responsibility for regulatory compliance with respect to animal use and facility operations, AAALAC-I and protocol compliance. The unit employs one colony manager, five supervisors and over 30 animal care staff. Animal care staff perform daily husbandry activities and provide environmental enrichment for three species of monkeys at the WNPRC.

In April 2024, the WNPRC colony consisted of 1,483 animals:

  • Macaca mulatta (rhesus macaque): 1030
  • Macaca fascicularis (cynomolgus macaque): 203
  • Macaca nemestrina (pigtailed macaque): 8

WNPRC Macaque fact sheet

  • Callithrix jacchus (common marmoset): 242

WNPRC Marmoset fact sheet

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Other species of monkeys, including Macaca arctoides (stumptailed macaque), Saguinus oedipus (cottontop tamarin), and Cholorocebus aethiops (vervet or African green monkey) have been historically studied at the center.

The center maintains a nonhuman primate breeding colony overseen by our veterinary, colony management and genetic services staff and regulated by the United States Department of Agriculture. To meet certain research protocol specifications, the WNPRC may also purchase animals from USDA-approved Class A-licensed breeders. The WNPRC does not import animals from the wild.




  • primate husbandry
  • primate environmental enrichment
  • basic sample collection such as blood, urine, feces, etc.
  • primate restraint for animal and staff safety during procedures
  • colony records entries


BONNIE FRISCINO Colony Manager (608) 890-1142 Send email to Bonnie Friscino
ERIKA SWANSON PETRO Supervisor (608) 445-3660 Send email to Erika Swanson Petro
MARILINA VAZQUEZ Supervisor (608) 890-2425 Send email to Marilina Vasquez
AMY LAUFENBERG Supervisor (608) 437-2583 Send email to Amy Laufenberg
MEGAN MANRIQUEZ Supervisor (608) 263-3554 Send email to Megan Manriquez
MARTA AGUERO KOCH Supervisor (608) 977-0577 Send email to Marta Aguero Koch
LISA TOMCZAK Colony Records  (608) 263-3540  Send email to Lisa Tomczak


  • How do I gain information about availability of animal resources at the Primate Center? For questions related to animal resource availability, please contact Bonnie Friscino.
  • How do I request animals for use in a research project? For questions related to animal assignments, please contact Bonnie Friscino.
  • Who do I contact to request technical research support from Animal Services? Requests for research support can be made through Bonnie Friscino.
  • Who do I contact for questions related to occupational, chemical or biological safety in Animal Services? Please direct these questions to Bonnie Friscino.

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