Atlanta (WAOK/AJC) — Through science, even animals are afforded retirement. Seven Capuchin monkeys are being given the chance to retire to a primate sanctuary in Gainesville, Florida after being utilized for the past 17 years for advancements in human and primate behavioral science at the University of Georgia. The studies aided in giving researchers and scientists a look at the similarities between primates and humans, as well as the distinct differences between the species.

The research conducted at UGA was administered by psychology professor Dorothy Fragaszy and it was her decision to place the animals into retirement.   The University of Georgia students that were able to work with the primates have produced nearly 20 Master’s degree theses and several Doctoral dissertations.

Upon their retirement in the spring, the monkeys will be taken to the Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary in Gainesville, Florida. The sanctuary is currently home to roughly 120 monkeys and primates.

Written by Sherman H. Smith Jr (WAOK/AJC)

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