University Of Georgia Behavior Program

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Capuchin Monkeys 1) Introduction: Capuchin Monkeys are found in the neotropical forests of Central America. Animal Diversity Web states that the Capuchins have, "one of the widest ranges of all New World Monkeys. " Capuchin Monkeys are easily adaptable to many different habitats. They can live in a variety of forest types, both wet and dry. The University of Wisconsin Primate Research Center notes that, "All Capuchins live in dense habitats. They are arboreal and usually sleep on a branch. " This being said they can survive in an abundance of areas because of their some special features. These features include strong gripping hands and a grasping tail, giving these monkeys have a wide range of locomotion. They are able to run, leap, and…show more content…
Then they proceed to slam the rock (as a tool) on the nut to crack it open. Onekind.org mentions that the Capuchins will collect their palm nuts and then transfer them to the anvils for the purpose of cracking them open easier. The use of the anvil is another example of the Capuchin tool use. The Capuchins ability to think ahead and bring the nuts to the anvil show a very skilled way of thinking in regards to these tools. A third example of tool use in Capuchins is their use of sticks. Onekind.org says, "capuchins readily insert a stick into a tube containing viscous food that clings to the stick, which they then extract and lick. " The Capuchins will then use the stick for other things; once they have a tool they seem to use it for as much as possible, finding multiple different uses for it. They will use these sticks to get their prey out from tiny spaces and also as, "a rake to sweep objects or food toward themselves." 3) Captive Capuchins The Journal of Comparative Psychology has one of Fragaszy 's studies where the Capuchins were studied in labs to try and find food hidden under cups. The first example of this is called matching to sample. There was a small stair set with two tiers; the bottom containing two different sized cups and the top tier having one cup matching one of the bottom two. The experimenter would (out of the monkeys view) put the food under the cup on the bottom tier that matched that of the top tier. The Capuchins then had
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