The Mannheimer Primatological Foundation was founded in New Jersey by Hans Mannheimer, an eccentric inventor who had a large collection of chimpanzees and monkeys. Shortly before he died, he moved his animals to Homestead, Florida. Upon his death in 1973, Mannheimer’s fortune was left to a trust that would fund his primatological foundation.
Hans Mannheimer, in his own way, loved animals. He would never have approved of invasive primate research. Sadly, trustees quickly and dramatically changed the focus of the foundation. Today, The Mannheimer Foundation (“Primatological” was dropped from the name) operates two facilities in Florida where monkeys are bred for experimentation.
At the original site in Homestead (20255 SW 360th Street), hundreds of cages are hidden behind a thick hedge. In 2005, Mannheimer opened a larger breeding/research facility in LaBelle (12215 E State Road 80) called Haman Ranch. There are approx. 4,000 macaque monkeys, and several hundred hamadryas baboons, at the two facilities.
- Joseph L. Wagner, Executive Director (Wagner’s salary was $224,382 in 2013!)
- Pablo R. Morales, Director/Veterinarian
- Susan M. Howell, Associate Director
- Jennifer F. Lane, Site Director
- Elysse A. Orchard, Director of Development/Veterinarian
- Krishna Rivas-Wagner, Director of Operations
The Mannheimer Foundation trustees oversee the foundation and its work:
- Warren L. Lewis, President (attorney; lives in Homestead)
- Dr. Theodore I. Malinin (retired professor of orthopaedics at University of Miami; lives in Key Biscayne)
- Joseph L. Wagner, VP (Wagner lives in Miami)
- Dennis V. Donato, Treasurer (accountant; lives in New Jersey)
- Noreen Hoglund (Noreen is The Mannheimer Foundation’s Office Manager; she lives in Homestead)
- two trustees, John Leeds and Frances O’Brien, died in 2014.
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