BioDAQ for NHP
Food intake behavior of socially housed NHPs
BioDAQ NHP measures and records feeding bouts of socially housed, RFID implanted, non-human primates. Each BioDAQ NHP feeding station has a multiple kg capacity food hopper equipped with a dispensing system that meters food pellet(s) onto a weighing platform.
Once dispensed, the food pellets are weighed and a gate is opened allowing access to the pellets by NHPs. The food is accessed via a tube fitted with an RFID microchip reader which identifies animals via unique microchips implanted in the wrists of each animal. NHPs reach through the tube to remove the weighed food pellets. The identity of the animal is acquired and associated with the date, time, and the amount of food removed. After the food is removed, the gate closes and the process repeats.
The BioDAQ NHP is available for NHP species, including, rhesus monkeys, African greens monkeys, and Cynomolgus macaques.