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Transparency in animal research: a virtual tour of the animal facility at the ESI

Environmental enrichment is an integral part of housing non-human primates such as macaques, as these animals have complex cognitive abilities and love challenges. The enriched environment stimulates their minds and senses, strengthens the social life in the group, and contributes to their general well-being. Therefore, the animal keepers at the ESI constantly provide new objects for the macaques to climb on and play with.
A virtual tour of the animal facility of the Ernst Strüngmann Institute (ESI) for Neuroscience shows how research animals are kept, cared for, and fed.

What is the favorite snack of macaques? How are marmosets housed? Which room is a must-stop for anyone before entering the rodent husbandry? A 360-degree tour of the animal facility gives all the answers. This newly created feature on the website of the Ernst Strüngmann Institute (ESI) for Neuroscience in Frankfurt/Main shows how research animals are kept, cared for, and fed.

Only those who communicate transparently about animal research can hope to demystify the subject and achieve greater understanding among the general public. For this reason, the ESI has published this virtual tour of its animal facilities.

Click here for the tour.


To provide the macaques with all the necessary nutrients, they are given a wide variety of dry food, fruits, and vegetables, as well as yogurt and oatmeal. A balanced diet is crucial to the health of the animals.