Behaviour and preferences among deep litters in captive capuchin monkeys (Cebus capucinus)

Citation
E. Ludes-fraulob et Jr. Anderson, Behaviour and preferences among deep litters in captive capuchin monkeys (Cebus capucinus), ANIM WELFAR, 8(2), 1999, pp. 127-134
Citations number
28
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Animal Sciences
Journal title
ANIMAL WELFARE
ISSN journal
0962-7286 → ACNP
Volume
8
Issue
2
Year of publication
1999
Pages
127 - 134
Database
ISI
SICI code
0962-7286(199905)8:2<127:BAPADL>2.0.ZU;2-9
Abstract
A captive group of white-faced capuchins, Cebus capucinus, was presented wi th four deep litters in simultaneous choice (or preference) tests. A floor covering of ground corn cob, woodchips, wood wool or peat was presented onc e in each quarter of the group's indoor floor-area for 14 consecutive days, and the layout of the litters was rotated after each such period. The monk eys were observed on 10 days in each period to determine the occurrence of locomotion, foraging, play and social contact on each of the litters. The g round corn cob was clearly the least attractive floor covering for the monk eys, while peat and wood wool proved to be the most attractive. Most instan ces of social contact occurred on the peat, due to the occurrence of commun al peat-bathing, while wood wool afforded the most play. The provision of d ifferent litter types in different areas of the indoor inclosure is a simpl e means of promoting a greater range of natural activities in captive prima tes, and probably also in other animals.