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Unformatted text preview: Zoos also limit the amount of searching and scavenging that animals must do since they are provided with most of their food. Even if not provided with food, the vegetation and food found is not exactly the same that would be found in an animals’ natural environment. Gorillas have even been observed to have eaten their own vomit in zoos. This has never been seen in the wild, let alone a gorilla even vomiting. I think that zoos are helpful to primates considering that many of them are endangered. There could be other options though that wouldn’t limit the area as much as zoos do; something like a more closely watched natural environment that doesn’t restrain the animals to viewing rooms and small areas. 3. Why do you think anthropologists study the living primates? 12 Anthropology 200 Zoo Trip Assignment There are numerous reasons why anthropologists study the living primates. Primates are our closest living biological relatives. Anthropologists are able to see then the development of primates and this can answer a lot of questions about humans and our evolutionary past and development. We are also able to then see similarities. Our similarity to primates can also help humans advance as primates can be used for testing, assessment and research. 13...
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