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

By E. Ludes, J. R. Anderson

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Captive white-faced capuchin monkeys (Cebus capucinus) were placed in a large indoor room without or with deep litter made of wood chips, dried ground maize cob, wood wool or garden peat. Feed was scattered on the bare floor or on the litter and the behaviour of the monkeys was observed. When wood wool and peat were used the monkeys increased the area of floor space used and increased manipulatory foraging activity. Ground maize cob was associated with some negative effects and the monkeys avoided using this substrate. Positive behavioural changes were recorded when feed was scattered on the floor or on the litter. Apart from some increases in social contacts in the presence of the 2 most effective litters, social behaviour was relatively unaffected by the provision of litter.

Date 1996
Publication Title Applied Animal Behaviour Science
Volume 49
Issue 3
Pages 293-303
ISBN/ISSN 0168-1591
Language English
Author Address Laboratoire de Psychophysiologie (CNRS URA 1295), Universite Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg, France.
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  1. Animal behavior
  2. Animal housing
  3. Animal nutrition
  4. Animal rights
  5. Animal welfare
  6. Corn
  7. Enrichment
  8. Grasses
  9. Housing
  10. Litter
  11. Maize
  12. Mammals
  13. Monkeys
  14. peat
  15. peer-reviewed
  16. Plants
  17. Primates
  18. Social behavior
  19. Zoo and captive wild animals
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