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Unformatted text preview: Human Bio-cultural Origins Name: Heather Borges Spring 2008 Instructor: Joan T. Miller Primate Observation Assignment San Diego Zoo Classification Sheet Common Name : Bonobo Scientific Name : Pan paniscus Family : Hominidae Genus : Pan Species : paniscus Distribution in the wild : They can typically be found in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and north of the Congo River. Form of locomotion: Quadra petal Coloration: Almost the entirety of their bodies is covered with black fur, but some also have large patches of dark brown (typically on their backs). However, their faces are a significantly lighter color in comparison to the rest of their bodies. Type and degree of sexual dimorphism observed: The females of the group were obviously smaller than the one male in the enclosure (Yenge). However, body size seemed to be the only observable physical characteristic that divided the sexes. Give the number of individuals and different types of species in enclosure : The group of Bonobos observed had their own enclosure. However, during the observation, two male ducks flew into the top of the enclosure, and sat on the top of the rocks. Essentially, no other species share the Bonobo’s habitat. How did the different species interact during your observations? I do not believe that the ducks were detected by the Bonobos, and if they were, they did not seem to care about their presence at all. Overall, the common ducks and Bonobos did not seem affected by each other, if either of the species realized the presence of the other at all. Give a detailed description of the enclosure. The enclosure is encased by walls mainly consisting of rocks that were at least two stories tall, and the top was completely open. At the top of these rock walls, there were many different types of foliage, which included many trees and bushes, including what I believe is bamboo. There are four breaks in the rock wall, of different sizes. These openings were glass in the wall, so that visitors of the zoo can watch and learn from the Bonobos. The entire floor is covered with patches of grass, bushes, and mud. There were many large rocks mounds, with one very large one in the very middle of the enclosure, and around this, there was a small moat, with a stream that ran through it. At first, the water was only a slight trickling, but after more time passed, it became a steady stream of water. Before there was a significant amount of water in the stream, there were...
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