Common and scientific name of the species observed (be sure you use standard formatting—genus capitalized, species lower case, all either italicized or underlined).
Time and date of your observations .
Brief description of the primate enclosure.
Brief description of the primate species’ natural wild habitat.
Discuss whether or not the enclosure mimics the wild habitat.
Describe the composition by age and sex of the species in the enclosure (e.g., a pair of parents with an infant; three adult males, two adult females, and a juvenile; etc.)
Describe the typical composition of groups the species would normally form in the wild.
Write a short assessment of how any differences in habitat and group composition between this captive group and a typical wild group might have impacted the behavior you observed.
II. Physical Description
Provide a detailed physical description of the species. Be sure to include the following information in your physical description. You may not have been able to observe all physical traits, so supplement with library/Internet research if necessary but note where you got your information.
Tail: Tail or no tail? Prehensile tail?
Sexual dimorphism: How did you tell the sexes apart?
III. Motor behavior
Describe their locomotion, use of hands, resting positions:
How does it move? (It may use many different forms of locomotion so describe all that you observed—quadrapedal, knuckle walking, bipedal, brachiation, vertical leaping and clinging).
How does it use its hands? (Describe any use of hands you observed such as grasping objects with thumb and forefinger)
How and where does it rest? (does it sit or lie down; how does it sit; does it sit on the ground or on a branch)
IV. Social behavior:
Summarize the behavior you observed. Be sure to provide the following details:
Who was doing what (i.e. distinguish among the individuals and their behaviors).
Summarize how individuals behave in relation to each other (e.g., if you observed juveniles playing, how did the juveniles act when adults were nearby? How did adults behave when the juveniles were playing?
Be sure to include communicative behavior such as vocalizations and facial expressions, grooming behavior, dominance and submission behavior, sexual behaviors, and interactions with human primate observers.
V. Comparison to Human Primate Behavior
Finally, compare what you observed to what you know from experience about human behavior.
Does the primate you observe share similar behaviors to humans? If yes, speculate on whether or not these similar behaviors evolved for similar or different reasons.
What insight does observing non-human primates provide us about humans and our relationships to other primates?
VI. Bibliography and Appendices
List all additional works cited in your report using the Chicago Manual of Style.
Include an appendices with photographs and a scanned or photographed copy of your field notes. You MUST include all of your field notes for full credit!
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