Primate Essay

1476 Words Mar 12th, 2016 6 Pages
Marlene Martinez
Anthropology 101
May 17, 2014
Zoo Assignment
Monkeys and humans have been compared for years, we have all heard the expression “Monkey see, Monkey do”. Analyzing individual primates at the Santa Ana Zoo was quite an experience because when I use to hear monkeys I use to only picture one certain appearance and that was a brown monkey with a light brown face, and a long tail. Moneys are not just monkeys, humans aren’t just humans, and apes aren’t just apes they are all primates which is a mammal that has certain characteristics such as: flexible fingers and toes, opposable thumbs, flatter face than other mammals, have eyes that face forward and spaced close together, large and complex cerebrum, and they are also social
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Most of the time this Brown Capuchin was eating or walking all over the place. He was mostly walking all around the cage which was very entertaining and after a little time he started auto grooming his companion in the cage which was as well a Brown Capuchin.
The other New World Monkey I observed was the the White-Faced Saki also known as the Pithecia Pithecia and it is mainly found in the Rainforest of Brazil. I analyzed this animal during the times from 11:00am to 11:20am. The physical description I saw in this primate was that it was black with a big pouch of a white face. The most common behaviors I saw in this particular primate during my observations was that it was mainly scratching and walking around. The cage that this primate was big so when I would look down to jot down my notes I would sometimes lose it because of all the trees and long branches. Towards the end of my analyzation of this monkey the Saki began to eat and the food cage was right in front of me and it looked like something orange but I couldn't quite figure out. It seemed to be that the monkey did not quite enjoy it so much because after two bites it just threw it on the floor. I found this behavior interesting because it almost something us humans do when we don't like something especially during our toddler years.
The last New World Monkey I analyzed was the Brown-Headed Spider Monkey which is also known as Ateles

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