RIO DE JANEIRO STATE PRIMATOLOGY CENTER

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The Centro de Primatologia do Rio de Janeiro - CPRJ (Rio de Janeiro State Primatology Center) develops studies on primates, conducts captive breeding programs for endangered species, and promotes experiences of repopulation through the reintroduction of species in other habitats. CPRJ has received England's Queen Elizabeth II's visit and it is the only institution in the world specialized in the study, protection and reproduction of the most endangered simians in the Atlantic Rainforest. It is home to "Mono Muriqui" or "Mono Carvoeiro", the biggest primate of the Americas, found only in the Atlantic Rainforest area and it is among the 35 most endangered species of Earth. In indigenous language tupi-guarani, Muriqui means "meek people of the forest". The animals are sociable and are frequently seen hugging each other.

CPRJ occupies an area of about 265 hectares with a head office; 85 vivarium; unit of internment, diagnosis, and medical-veterinary treatment; insectary; meetings and projects follow-up room. It has a library with a big collection of publications on primatology, a museum of skins and skulls, and a bank of carcasses in formaldehyde for research.

CPRJ collaborates with several scientific and traditional organizations from Brazil and abroad, in the areas of genetic research and environment preservation. There, the skeleton of "Macaco Tião", a mascot adopted by Rio Zoo that became famous among local residents, is preserved. Primatology Center was created in 1979 by the old FEEMA, the State Environmental Institute. It is linked to the Estação Ecológica Estadual do Paraíso - EEEP (Paraíso State Ecological Station).


General Information

Address: Paraíso Road, Paraíso (inside Paraíso State Ecological Station), Guapimirim.
Phone: (+55 21) 3633-2205 / (+55 21) 2632-4969 (Paraíso State Ecological Station)

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