White Handed Gibbons Case Study

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Introduction There has been many advancements in the field of enrichment taking place inside zoos. I decided to study the White Handed Gibbons at the Utica Zoo in New York State. I wanted to learn about the Whitehead Gibbons and see if their life in the Sue is similar to how they are supposed to act in the wild. I also wanted to see what kind of enrichment they may need to improve their life in captivity. These amazing primates are unique and vibrant in many ways and that must be shown me even while in captivity.
While studying White Handed Gibbons I went to the Utica zoo to see the three white handed gibbons they have in captivity. They have two adult females and one adult male. I watched and studied the three gibbons for about an
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Using this I found multiple journals and articles. MVCC’s Library also had an e-book that I found to be very resourceful.
The small group of White Handed Gibbons that I studied at the Utica zoo had three members that included, two adult females and one adult male. One adult female, Snowflake, is the mother of the other adult female, Malay. The male gibbon’s name is Yoda. Yoda is Malay’s father. I studied these Gibbons on a moderate fall day while sitting on a bench outside their outdoor enclosure. I said about 8 feet away from their enclosure but they didn 't seem to be bothered by my presence. At the beginning of my observation there was multiple grooming sessions between Snowflake and Malay. They would switch every so often on who would groom who. When Snowflake would stop grooming, Malay would slightly push Snowflake and Snowflake would begin to groom again. At one point Yoda came over to be groomed by Snowflake. Well Yoda was being groomed Malay also moved in front of Yoda so that Yoda could groom her. About halfway through my observation the zookeeper came into the indoor part of their enclosure and gave them food. All
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For much of my observation Mila and Snowflake would groom each other. I found this to show their strong relationship of mother and offspring. The bond between mother and offspring is the strongest bond of primates. This bond usually carries throughout their lifetime if they stay at family social group. (Susan Lappan, Danielle Whittaker, Thomas Geissmann.. 2009) One thing I found very interesting about the behavior between Snowflake and Malay was that at one point there was a show of aggression and irritation with each other. I find that this may not just be from living with each other but also the fact that in most cases in the wild mail of being her age would have already left her parents to find a mate and start a family of her own many years ago. (Susan Lappan, Danielle Whittaker, Thomas Geissmann.. 2009) Something that really stood out to me while I was observing the gibbons is that whenever it came to going inside or coming back outside or retrieving food snowflake was always the first one to lead the way. She was always the first one inside and the other two would follow she would be the first one coming out with food and then the other two would follow. It seemed that she was the leader of the group. Recently, researchers studied multiple groups of gibbon in the finding that female gibbon or gibbons tended to be the leaders of the group. Lead

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