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Increasing foraging opportunities for a group of captive capuchin monkeys (Cebus capucinus).
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  2170753     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Capuchin monkeys often employ complex manipulative skills while recovering food items. Five captive Cebus capucinus were presented with two identical feeders that required the monkeys to lift up flaps, search through hay, and perform coordinated hand movements in order to obtain food items. The intent of this study was not to merely increase the amount of time the animals spent feeding, but to provide opportunities for greater expression of species-typical foraging behavior. In addition to their regular diet, figs and various types of unshelled nuts were placed inside the feeders. The monkeys avidly searched for and removed food from the feeders, displaying a wide variety of manipulative abilities. The amount of time the animals spent foraging significantly increased (p less than 0.05) whereas the amount of time the animals spent locomoting and resting significantly decreased (p less than 0.05) when the feeders were available. The feeders were portable, durable, easy to clean, and relatively inexpensive.
S L Hayes
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Laboratory animal science     Volume:  40     ISSN:  0023-6764     ISO Abbreviation:  Lab. Anim. Sci.     Publication Date:  1990 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1990-11-13     Completed Date:  1990-11-13     Revised Date:  2007-11-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  1266503     Medline TA:  Lab Anim Sci     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  515-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Zoology, University of Wisconsin, Madison 53706.
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MeSH Terms
Animal Husbandry*
Appetitive Behavior / physiology*
Cebus / physiology*
Data Collection / methods
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