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.
|Publication Title||Applied Animal Behaviour Science|
|Author Address||Laboratoire de Psychophysiologie (CNRS URA 1295), Universite Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg, France.|
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