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Monkey breeding program

Monkey breeding program

April 1966: Four monkeys in nursery at the National Center for Primate Biology at University of California, Davis.

In an April 14, 1966 Los Angeles Times article, staff writer Charles Hillinger reported:

DAVIS — The greatest monkey breeding program in history is under way — not in the jungles of Africa — but on 300 acres of the University of California campus in the small town 17 miles west of Sacramento.

The monkey population this week at the college is 2,721 — the student body, 7,560.

Within five years monkeys are expected to outnumber collegians here three-to-one — or roughly 30,000 monkeys to about 10,000 students.

Monkeys are being bred like rabbits.

It’s never happened on such a grand scale before.

“More has been learned to contain human ills from the limited work on monkeys in the past quarter of a century than all the massive work on rats, mice and dogs,’ explains Dr. Leon H. Schmidt.

Dr. Schmidt, 56, is director of the new National Center for Primate Biology.

This photo by former staff photographer Steve Fontanini was published in the April 14, 1966 edition of the Los Angeles Times.

The facility is now known as the California National Primate Research Center.

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