Aspects of Hunting Chimpanzees

Aspects of Hunting Chimpanzees

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  • Date Submitted: 10/20/2008 6:35 PM
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1. Discuss three different aspects of chimpanzee hunting parties (i.e. who, when, etc).

At the end of each day the Chimpanzees leafy nests in the trees at night.
The following morning they will head off together giving loud pant-hoot calls as they travel.
The parties are governed by environmental variables such as seasonal humidity, party size, and female sexual reciprocity.
These loud pant-hoot calls allow the researchers to determine the direction the chimps are going in, and the likelihood of their meeting a colobus group.

What are the “hunting crazes” and what factors are typically present when a hunting craze occurs?

The term “hunting crazes” was first used by Jane Goodall to describe a spontaneous change in hunting frequency in which the chimpanzees would hunt almost daily and kill large numbers of monkeys and other pray. Explanations for such binges have always been unclear, but the authors research shows that such sporadic spurts in hunting frequency occur when factors that promote hunting are present to a high degree o an extended period of time. Factors such as seasonal humidity, party size, and female sexual receptivity all play roles in the hunting frequency.

3. Briefly discuss the 3 main hypotheses as to why chimpanzees hunt. what does the author conclude about the nutritionally-based explanation for chimpanzee predatory behavior?
hunting has a social basis; the chimpanzees hunt to show members of his group his power and skill, it shows his enemies he is strong and helps him make allies.
they hunt during the dry season when there is a food shortage because, the chimpanzees experience a loss of body weight during this time.
The Author considered the idea that hunting is a nutritionally based behavior. The meat would be an excellent source of protein, fat and calories hard to equal in any plant food. Stanford also concludes that as the number of hunters increases the amount of meat available per hunter increases rather than...

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