New World Monkey Observation Essay

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Saguinus bicolar bicolar, known as the Pied Tamarin is a new world monkey that can be found in forests and swamps of Brazil. They often are grouped in either multi male or female. Their diet is mostly on fruits, flowers and insects. Also, they have a forelimb proportion and a terrestrial locomotion. (Helen Branch House – Exhibit) They have grasping hands, feet and tails. I was not able to see it with my own eyes, but new world monkeys are known for having grasping tails compared to old world monkeys. I describe their exhibit as a rain forest type. I realize that Lincoln Park Zoo tries their best to make their animals feel at home. Pied Tamarins tend to stick their tongues out and groom each other; they also stay on trees most of the time sitting. Colobus Gueraza , known as the Black and White Colobus monkey is classified as an old world monkey. I was not able to determine the sex of the monkey I was observing; it was a baby black and white colobus monkey. I chose to observe the young monkey because it was the only one active; most of them were either just sitting or walking. Their sex was not easily determined by their size or their color. Black…show more content…
New world monkey also enjoys companies by other monkeys mostly because they like grooming each other, while old world monkeys prefer being alone. Both monkeys have terrestrial, quadruped and arboreal locomotion. New world monkeys are more arboreal and quadruped because old world monkeys sometimes walk bipedal and they also spend time on ground. Furthermore, I learned in class that new world monkeys have grasping tails, while old world monkeys do not. It was so unfortunate that I was not able to see the new world monkey actually using their tail to grasp. Lastly, there was no enrichment activity for the new world monkey, but I noticed a tiny rubber ball inside the exhibit of the old world
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