Comparison of the behaviour of captive white-faced capuchin monkeys ( Cebus capucinus ) in the presence of four kinds of deep litter

Comparison of the behaviour of captive white-faced capuchin monkeys ( Cebus capucinus ) in the... A group of captive of white-faced capuchin monkeys ( Cebus capucinus ) was observed in the absence and in the presence of four different types of deep litter: woodchips, dried ground corncob, woodwool and garden peat. In addition to baseline and litter phases, food (grain) was scattered either on the bare floor or on the litter, which was spread across the floor of a large indoor room. Behaviour was affected in different ways by the litters. Woodwool and peat had the largest range of positive effects, including in use of the floor area and in manipulatory foraging activity. The ground corncob was associated with some negative effects and the monkeys avoided using this substrate. Positive behavioural changes were also recorded when grain was scattered on the bare floor or on litter. Apart from some increases in social contacts in the presence of the two most effective litters, social behaviour was relatively unaffected by the provision of litter. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Applied Animal Behaviour Science Elsevier

Comparison of the behaviour of captive white-faced capuchin monkeys ( Cebus capucinus ) in the presence of four kinds of deep litter

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Elsevier
Copyright
Copyright © 1996 Elsevier Ltd
ISSN
0168-1591
eISSN
1872-9045
D.O.I.
10.1016/0168-1591(96)01056-8
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Abstract

A group of captive of white-faced capuchin monkeys ( Cebus capucinus ) was observed in the absence and in the presence of four different types of deep litter: woodchips, dried ground corncob, woodwool and garden peat. In addition to baseline and litter phases, food (grain) was scattered either on the bare floor or on the litter, which was spread across the floor of a large indoor room. Behaviour was affected in different ways by the litters. Woodwool and peat had the largest range of positive effects, including in use of the floor area and in manipulatory foraging activity. The ground corncob was associated with some negative effects and the monkeys avoided using this substrate. Positive behavioural changes were also recorded when grain was scattered on the bare floor or on litter. Apart from some increases in social contacts in the presence of the two most effective litters, social behaviour was relatively unaffected by the provision of litter.

Journal

Applied Animal Behaviour ScienceElsevier

Published: Sep 1, 1996

References

  • Observational study of behavior: Sampling methods
    Altmann, J.
  • Effects of woodchips and buried food on behavior patterns and psychological well-being of captive rhesus monkeys
    Byrne, G.D.; Suomi, S.J.
  • Therapeutic effects of an imposed foraging task in disturbed monkeys
    Rosenblum, L.A.; Smiley, J.

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