Primates At The Lowery Park Zoo

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At the Lowery Park Zoo located in Tampa Florida, I was able to conduct a field project on primates. These primates that I focused on are divided into the suborders Anthropoidea and Prosimii (. The first primate on my list is classified as a prosimian, the Ring-Tailed Lemur or the Lemur catta are located on the African island of Madagascar. Next I turned to the Mandrill or Mandrillus sphinx that fall in the suborder of Anthropoids, these monkeys are located in Nigeria, Africa. Lastly my attention was drawn to the Siamang Gibbon or Symphalangus syndactylus who also fell in the category of Anthropoids and are located in Malaysia and Sumatra. These monkeys all being related do have many differences among them as well as comparisons as I have noted while watching our close distant relatives.
The three sets of monkeys that I was able to watch each have a similar build but the changes that are seen are due to how they are adapted to their habitat and lifestyle. The species Ring-Tailed Lemur resides in parts of the forest with open areas in the north of Madagascar and spend most of their time on the ground. Through observation lemurs are the smallest of the three monkeys and have forearms that are shorter than their hind limbs. In this species the tail that is distinctly marked in a pattern of black-and-white strips and isn’t used to get around when climbing trees as most of time in the closure was spent walking and lounging. It is specifically used to distribute their scent that has been secreted during the time of the mating season. As for scent, lemurs have powerful scent glands located in their noise and whiskers, which help them to select fruit and sniff out territories of their own and of other lemurs. While in the enclosure, when the lemur did move around it would sniff trees and shrubbery around it. As for the Mandrill, which resides in the dense forests of West Africa, have forearms and hind limbs that is relatively the same in length. Their cranial size is the biggest compared to the other two species of primates I have observed. While watching them I’ve noticed that they use their scent in a different way. As my observation continued I noticed they are constantly digging in search of something and when they have found an item of interest they immediately sniff to possibly get a better sense of what they have in their possession. Upon looking at the Mandrill monkeys they have a nub for a tail that usually arches and lays against they back and when on high alert it is stiff and stands at a vertical angle. As I moved on to the Siamang Gibbon who inhabits rainforests in the mountain regions they are the largest of the three monkeys I observed. They have much longer forelimb than their hind limbs and as for their usage of scent I haven’t observed any type of action. In this species I observed no tail just fur all over. In comparison, us humans have longer legs and arms that are at an appropriate length in relation to our legs and throughout our...

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