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Observations of the Foraging Behavior of Squirrel Monkeys (Saimiri sciureus boliviensis) at the Tulsa Zoological Park

Sarah T. Petrucci
Bios
Vol. 64, No. 3 (Sep., 1993), pp. 64-71
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4608213
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Observations of the Foraging Behavior of Squirrel Monkeys (Saimiri sciureus boliviensis) at the Tulsa Zoological Park
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Abstract

The effects of different types of food in the diet on foraging behavior was studied in squirrel monkeys (Saimiri sciureus boliviensis) at the Tulsa Zoological Park. The group of eight squirrel monkeys was daily served fruits and vegetables, canned primate diet, hard-boiled eggs and monkey chow. On other occasions, some browse material was spread into the hay of the enclosure to encourage foraging behavior. Browse materials included sunflower seeds, raisins, peanuts, alfalfa, willow, meal worms and bamboo. There was not a designated schedule for the frequency of serving browse materials. In this study, the effects of sunflower seeds on foraging behavior was observed. When the sunflower seeds were spread into the hay, time spent on eating decreased and time spent on foraging increased.

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