Pregnant mare serum gonadotropin (PMSG) was administered to an adult female red ruffed lemur (Varecia variegata rubra) as part of a medical evaluation to determine the cause of reproductive failure. Successful fertilization, pregnancy, and parturition occurred following PMSG treatment. This report documents an approach to evaluating reproductive failure in an endangered primate species and illustrates the value of collecting objective data on all individuals in a colony for retrospective and comparative analysis. Data from basic and applied research on a variety of species were synthesized to establish a logical protocol for fertility evaluation of an individual. The use of PMSG to induce estrus, ovulation, or fertilization has not been documented for an endangered primate species.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Animal Science and Zoology