Secrétariat du laboratoire d'éthologie animale et humaine

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  • Secrétariat du laboratoire d'éthologie animale et humaine
    Bt 25, campus de Beaulieu
    263 Avenue du General Leclerc CS 74205
    35042 Rennes CEDEX

  • Phone: 02 23 23 68 10
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Host structures for animals


Our lab’s primatology centre is located at the Paimpont field station (about 50km from Rennes), and is supported by both the C.N.R.S. and the University of Rennes 1. This centre is reserved for researchers, assistant-professors and PhD students. We also welcome students following masters and animal-carer courses. Four species (about 50 individuals) are housed at this centre: red-capped mangabeys (Cercocebus torquatus torquatus), grey-cheeked mangabeys (Lophocebus albigena), Campbells’ monkeys (Cercopithecus campbelli campbelli) and de Brazza’s monkeys (Cercopithecus neglectus). The attraction of this centre is due to the species housed, which, due to their under-representation in captivity, are very rarely or even not studied elsewhere in the world. Animals live in social groups, and we study their individual and social behaviours applying completely non-invasive methods. Monkeys are housed in heated and ventilated indoor cages that are connected to outdoor wire-net cages. The indoor and outdoor cages are equipped with vertical and horizontal wood perches. Wood chips and straw litter cover the floors of the indoor cages. There is also a dispensary (medicine care room, operating theatre, quarantine and rest rooms...), a bathroom with shower, and a kitchen with a cold room. A new enclosure, much larger and enriched with natural vegetation, is under construction.

Etourneau femelle Voliere Etourneau male

Outdoor and indoor aviaries are available to house starlings (Sturnus vulgaris). We also have several nest boxes at our disposal, on our research building, which allow us to observe and follow a local population of starlings on the campus. Many individual cages and 10 sound-proof chambers are available in our lab, equipped for acoustic recording or behavioural tests. We also have a complete electrophysiology setup for neuro-ethological studies.


Outdoor aviaries, indoor cubicles and batteries are available on the Beaulieu campus (in Rennes) to house fowl. We breed hens (Gallus gallus domesticus) and keep in social groups in outdoor aviaries. We endeavour to observe country breeds such as the ‘Ardennaise’ or the ‘Gauloise dorée’, whose phenotypes are close to that of junglefowl. Junglefowl is the wild species from which domestic hens were derived. We also breed both domestic Japanese (Coturnix c. japonica) and wild European (Coturnix c. coturnix) quail, which is highly original. Our breeding stock is indeed the only one in France. It was started in the 1980s, before wild populations were genetically polluted by domestic quail, and it greatly contributes to species conservation, and the genetic quality of our birds has been checked very recently.

Twelve large cages house two urban cockroach species: Blattella germanica and Periplaneta americana. This mass breeding provides all the individuals that are necessary for our experiments. Several experimental rooms are available to observe and to test the behaviour of these insects (observation of behaviour, behavioural tests, conditioning, video-tracking, olfactometry). Insect odours are analysed with a gas-chromatograph.