Primate - Pham Kaitlin Pham Dr. Dawn Neill ANT250:...

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Pham Kaitlin Pham Dr. Dawn Neill ANT250: Biological Anthropology 8 May 2011 Swings from the Past: Primates in Action The afternoon I journeyed to the Charles Paddock Zoo in Atascadero was truly a memorable experience. My first experience at a zoo excited me, and although a majority of the primates were taking their afternoon naps, I was still able to see four primates in action: the Black-Handed Spider Monkey (Ateles geoffroyi ), the White Fronted Marmoset (Callithix geoffroyi ), the Ring-tailed Lemur (Lumer catta ), and the Red Ruffed Lemur (Varencia varigata ruber ). The two Lemurs were situated in the same exhibits, assumingly because they both belong in the Suborder Prosimii and the Superfamily Lemuriformes. However, the two other primates were in close, but separate exhibits near one another. The first interesting primates I observed were the Black-Handed Spider Monkeys. There were two in the cage, but the one closest to me seemed the most interactive. Whenever I tried to go closer to the cage, it would make eye contact, and continue to put its head down following by putting an arm on top of its head. It seemed to be extremely shy and tired, but the rare moment that I did see it move, it seemed the most agile of out all the primates I observed using its “prehensile tail that [it used] to move through trees much like an extra
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