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Science: Macaques to Santiago

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Fourteen miles east of Puerto Rico’s San Juan harbor is the wooded, 36-acre island of Santiago. There 500 macaques, or rhesus monkeys, landed last week, having voyaged 14,000 miles from India in 51 days. Columbia University intends to establish on Santiago a “free-ranging primate colony.” Purpose: research on primate behavior, glands, reproduction and tropical diseases. As from Alcatraz, the only mode of escape from Santiago is by swimming.

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