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Conservation Resources

Here is more information for some of the conservation issues I will be addressing in class: Common Names for Palm Oil (Philadelphia Zoo) Foods Containing Palm Oil  Orangutan Shot by Poachers Submits to Exam Palm Oil: The Other Kind of … Continue reading

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Marmoset comforts dying partner

We’ve talked about observations of grief/mourning/comforting dying social partners before, but the documentation for these behaviors has been with chimps and bonobos. Here is a video of a male marmoset caring for dying mate And here is the link to … Continue reading

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Common Themes of Zoo Reflections

Many of you brought up some common themes in your zoo reflections. Rather than writing about my own reflections, I wanted to address some of the issues that many of you brought up. One observation that many of you noted … Continue reading

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Fossey Collections: Early Descriptions of Tool Use in Wild Gorillas

When I initially went through some of the materials in the Fossey Collection, one of the items that caught my interest were descriptions of tool use in the mountain gorillas. These descriptions were within the “Manual for Census Workers”. Although … Continue reading

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Food and Social Organization

The theoretical framework for understanding primate grouping patterns was originally proposed by Wrangham (1980). In it, he set up the contrast between female-bonded groups, in which females remained with kin to defend food resources, and non-female-bonded groups, in which females … Continue reading

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