Monkeying Around!

Here we are at the Birmingham Zoo with Christopher the gibbon
Here we are at the Birmingham Zoo with Christopher the gibbon
Christopher
Christopher

Student presentations are required as part of the “Non-Human Primates” course, but we all get a little tired of the lecturing, so what better way to internalize the material than engaging some of our primate preadaptations & monkeying around.

Here are some photos highlighting the experiential aspects students came up with to enhance their lessons.

Some primates may have to catch their cricket treats, but humans can buy them at the mall! Who knew?
Some primates may have to catch their cricket treats, but humans can buy them at the mall! Who knew?
Orangutans are clever with a simple tool like a stick.  Are you smarter than an orangutan?
Orangutans are clever with a simple tool like a stick. Are you smarter than an orangutan?

 

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Are you smarter than a capuchin? It takes them years to learn to crack a Brazil nut without pulverizing it? How long would it take you?
Are you smarter than a capuchin? It takes them years to learn to crack a Brazil nut without pulverizing it? How long would it take you?

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An enrichment activity!
An enrichment activity!

A good closed signaling system can help you communicate to others in your group who will help guide you to food (though I really wanted them to use monkey signals i/o human ones).

An enrichment activity!
An enrichment activity!

 

Unwrap it, stick your hand in the hole, dig around, & you'll find another box to open with a banana cookie inside if you get it open.
Unwrap it, stick your hand in the hole, dig around, & you’ll find…
...another box with a banana cookie inside!
…another box with a banana cookie inside!

And the last day we return to human form by eating donuts, wearing Krispy Kreme hats, & watching Robert Sapolsky stress out over his baboon research
And the last day we return to human form by eating donuts, wearing Krispy Kreme hats, & watching Robert Sapolsky stress out over his baboon research