Non Human Primates

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“Non-human primates, due to their level of intelligence when compared to other animals, and also due to their evolutionary closeness to man are maintained in several types of captive facilities like laboratories, zoological parks, animal circuses and conservation breeding centres” (Mallapur 2005). They are kept for observation and studies but many of these captive conditions evoke abnormal behavior patterns among non-human primates. Maintaining a satisfied non-human primate in captivity can be challenging. They are many important variables to take into consideration. When the enclosure does not suit the needs of a nonhuman primate it can affect their behavior physically and psychologically. There has to be an understanding of the relationship …show more content…

Abnormal behaviors can arise from stress, disease, boredom, pain, fear or injury. Keepers should be familiar with their normal behaviors and look for signs of any changes. Changes include facial expressions, postures, vocalizations and lack of interest should take into account. One of the biggest environmental factors that can influence such behaviors would be space. All non-human primates are habituated to exist in an atmosphere that is open and with the freedom to swing from branch to branch. They are used to an environment where they could explore. So, when they are placed in an setting that is small and no room to explore then they become bored and “are less active than those housed in larger outdoor enclosures” (Mallupur 2005). These details can ensure psychological and physical problems. According to the article, Self-Injuries Behavior in Zoo Primates, frustration associated with environmental events can lead to self-injuries behaviors. These self-injuries consist of over-grooming, hair-pulling and biting themselves repeatedly. Secondly, aggression has been one major factor among primates. If an enclosure is too crowded then there isn’t enough room for them to wonder, also there could be conflicts related to ranking status. Fights over territory can also arise. This will cause aggression among themselves and towards visitors and keepers. This kind of …show more content…

If we take notice, primates’ enclosures in zoos are usually designed to be similar between species. Branches are everywhere, they are usually outdoors, and the size is usually large. But non-human primates varied in distinctiveness. They prefer diverse type of environment, diet, branches, objects, and so on. Not all primates like to be in the outdoors and in a large size enclosure. Some even like to have solitary time. It all depends on the species and their characteristics. If we were to focus on chimpanzees, then we would have to have an understanding of their characteristics, life-style, natural habitat behaviors and

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