The diet of a primate is dictated by its size, its teeth, its physiology… Small primates need high energy, digestible food. The largest primates eat more foliage which is low energy and more difficult to digest but more abundant.
It is always difficult to give primates a precise diet (leaf-eating, fruit-eating, insect-eating or meat-eating) as their food is varied and the proportion of different types of food, such as fruit, leaves, eggs or prey animals depends on the season and /or the individual animals. On the other hand, one species can have a dominance in their diet, whether it is fruit, leaves, insects or meat.
This is why we offer as large an assortment of food as possible to cater for this dietary diversity. Having a wide variety of brands available allows zoos to choose the product best suited to their animals and their keepers.
Dehydrating food preservesthe food for longer without alteringthe nutritional value. With the water removed, microbes and bacteria are no longer active and the food spoils more slowly.
The Saint Laurent range of dry food for primates has been developed to supply all the necessary nutrients for animals in zoos.
Besides, the brands we sell, we have developed a range that takes into account all the changes in nutritional guidelines issued by the European Association of Zoos and Aquariums (EAZA). These products are made in France, have no added sugar and are gluten free…in addition they are extrudates which are more easily digested.
Extrudates, pellets or powder, these different formats are made available to provide balanced rations but also enrichment using food.
If you want to change the basic diet to use a new product, you must pay attention to the transition which can vary according to the species and individual animals…
Animals love insects(field crickets, buffalo worms, waxworms, and mealworms), whether during the breeding season or as a source of enrichment in their diet. Insects are rich in protein and play an important role in an animal's diet, whilst also providing primates with something to do.
In addition, frozen insects have the advantage of a longer storage life.
Fruit should be given to primates in moderation to avoid problems of obesity or with teeth. It can form part of the basic diet or provide a source of enrichment.
The fruit we offer are frozen on harvesting and cut into cubes or balls so that you can use only what you need.
We offer twelve different types of fruit. The fact that they are frozen gives them a longer storage life. It also means they are easier to use. Time is no longer wasted in sourcing, sorting, washing and chopping. The convenient 2.5kg sachets means only the required amount is used and the rest can be kept to use later.