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Monitoring an Organism

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Monitoring an Organism Aim > To find out whether primates in captivity behave differently to primates in the wild. Introduction Habitat is lost due to the clearing of tropical forest for agriculture, logging, and the collection of fuel wood. This continues to be a major effect on primates, along with the capture of primates for Bushmeat trade. Bushmeat species include Gorillas, and other primates. Hunting for subsistence also is a major and insidious threat, this mostly happens in Africa and Asia. Tropical forest covers a large area, so sadly we cannot stop all hunting from happening to the extinct primates. Mankind is continuing to destroy the natural habitat in many countries and it is still happening today. Without immediate steps to protect these unique creatures and their habitat, we will lose more of our planet's natural heritage forever. In order to help the primates we can set up breeding programs in zoos to encourage population number to grow. A large part of primates behaviours are learnt by closely monitoring them. Therefore, if more time is given to monitor them then it means we know more about the captured primate in the zoo. If we monitor the primates every am and pm till the whole year then we would certainly find out the condition and environment they want to live in. I am going to monitor the three main Primates, and they are Chimpanzee, Bonobos and Gorillas. The reason I am monitoring living organisms is to develop and to understand of my primate behaviours. It is vital that we keep the captured primates in the same condition and environment as they would be living in the wild so that they can be easily be reintroduced in the wild. This will also give them a chance to be comfortable mating other primates so that they produce more offspring, keeping the population of primates from extinction. ...read more.

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6. In morning we will miss out the part where the Zoo keepers feed them because we will arrive late at the Zoo. I will need to ask the zoo keeper about what they gave them for food. 7. I will also concentrate their behaviours toward the other primates. Conclusion From the results I have collected I can see that chimpanzee spent more time on eating during the morning and afternoon compare to the other primates that were monitored. They played alone much more than other two primates compare to my results from other students. The chimpanzees were the most aggressive primates because there were two adult males where they didn't get along with each other. The adult male chimpanzees were aggressive because they always compete to get the leaders position as they get to have the female in control. In the wild however they would do the same thing so what I think about the chimpanzees behaviour is the same as they belong to the wild life. Another reason for them to be more aggressive than other two different primates is because the lack of space they were in. The spaces around them were awfully small for 2 or 3 chimpanzees. In the wild they would have the whole forest so they are used to live in a big area. Living in a small area can be very frustrating for them with nothing to do. In the wild they live in a place surrounded by trees and fresh air with no manmade objects around them. They also travel a lot and make a new nest every day. Because they live in a small amount of space with four walls facing them it can make them go crazy as they don't have anything to do. It is like living in a jail for them. If they were put back in the wild they would not travel that much and would find it very difficult to live in a big group. ...read more.

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The experiment can be affected because if we are in the same group monitoring only one type of primate then we can lose some primates activity. To get the best of best results ever we can tape record the primates during the whole day and then watch them using the TV. This also saves our time to visit them personally. If we get distracted by our mates then this is the perfect solution to get it right because we can rewind the tape and watch it over again. As well as it will give us even more time to do our science course work. Instead of wasting the whole day only for 2 hours of monitoring primates we can just watch the professional recorded tape. This would solve most of our problems just like that. This would give all of us a chance to see what is happening during the primate behaviours because some of us did not get to go to visit the Twycross Zoo. This would be fair on the other students as well. Because of the weather condition in U.K is different we can go and do our experiment on the summer time rather than in the winter time. To find out the best result we can also go to another country or have a recorded video tape where there's same weather condition as it would be it in the wild. But due to our age we cannot do that. We can also ask the other zoo's that's in the same country where the primate lives and ask them what do to keep them the same as they would be in the wild. Therefore we can do the same thing as they do in the zoo in another country. Overall I had found the experiment a bit easy because I knew what to do and how to keep myself focused on the primates. I have followed my plan successfully. Although I can still make it even more accurate if i had another chance to do the experiment again. ?? ?? ?? ?? Harshad Samgi ...read more.

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