May 17, 2014
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 animals. After analyzing the Brown Capuchin, White Faced Saki, Brown-Headed Spider Monkey, and Silver Langur it was obvious that all primates are completely different. Although their appearances are widely different there is one thing they have in common they all communicate through vocalizations and just calls to transmit messages to one another. I never took into consideration how much the behaviors of each monkeys vary but after analyzing the behavior for 20 minutes for each primate it was very interesting. Especially when it came to vocalizations because I'm so use to the typical in a way stereo type that society makes monkeys sound like.
The first primate that I analyzed was the Brown Capuchin which is also known as the Cebus C.Apella. This certain primate is considered to be part of the New World Monkeys. I analyzed this particular monkey from 10:40am to 11:00am and it was actually the most interesting primate I analyzed at the zoo. When I first was analyzing this primate I thought it was a very old Capuchin for the fact that much of its hair was missing but after reading the zoo note by the cage I realized that was not the case. This animal had hair loss due to a disease called Alopecia. Although this particular monkey...