PRIMATE RESEARCH AND OBSERVATION PROJECT & PAPER ASSIGNMENT INSTRUCTIONS
This project and paper assignment consists of three components:
(1) Typed research paper
(2) Typed ethogram
(3) Ticket or receipt from Santa Ana Zoo, LA Zoo, San Diego Zoo (or Gibbon Conservation Center)
! For this assignment, you must visit a local zoo to observe one individual primate for twenty (20) minutes, and create an ethogram in accordance with the instructions
provided. You will also need to collect some additional information at the zoo, as well as conduct some research about the primate species you observed and include all
the required information in your research paper.
! Your documents must be submitted to turnitin.com before the deadline indicated in the syllabus. No hard copy project papers or ethograms will be accepted. You must
submit all required documents to turnitin.com by the deadline indicated in the syllabus in order to receive full credit for this assignment. If you are unable to scan
your ticket/receipt, you must hand it in (with your first and last name clearly written on it) by the deadline indicated in the syllabus. Do NOT lose your zoo
ticket/receipt! If you fail to submit your ticket/receipt (scanned with other documents and submitted via turnitin.com by the deadline, or handed in with your name
clearly written on it by the deadline) you will lose points.
! Do not wait until the submission due date to submit your documents to turnitin.com in case you encounter any problems and need to seek assistance! Do not submit your
documents too close to the deadline. You should allow at least a half-hour for your submission to completely upload. It is highly recommended that you submit your
documents well in advance of the due date so you can check your own work for plagiarism. You can resubmit your documentation prior to the deadline. If you resubmit
your documents prior to the deadline, be sure to resubmit all documentation in its entirety, as a resubmission will completely replace any previous submission.
! Cover sheets and/or report covers are optional, not required.
! Don’t plagiarize! (i.e., Do NOT copy information verbatim from anywhere – including zoo pamphlets or exhibit signs, the Internet, articles, or other papers). If you
are unsure how to paraphrase properly or how to re- write any information in your own words, you must seek assistance from a writing tutor on campus.
For your nonhuman primate observation project, you must visit (this semester) any one of the following zoos: San Diego Zoo, Santa Ana Zoo, or Los Angeles Zoo – or – as
an additional option, you may attend a tour of the Gibbon Conservation Center (“GCC”) in Santa Clarita, California.
You MUST obtain a ticket or receipt from the zoo you visited (or you must sign in at GCC and request a receipt). Do NOT lose your ticket/receipt! Failure to submit a
ticket or receipt will result in a loss of points! If you visited a zoo or GCC for another instructor during another semester, you must revisit one of the facilities
this semester in order to complete this assignment satisfactorily. If you have a similar assignment for another instructor this semester, you can make one visit to a
zoo or GCC in order to complete your research for both classes. You must follow the instructions for my assignment accurately in order to receive full credit for this
assignment. If you work on a similar project/paper for another class, your assignment for this class must be original, and in accordance with the instructions provided
herein. Do not submit the exact same paper for both classes.
Your research paper must be typed: double-spaced, with a font size no larger than 12 (a cover page is optional).
INFORMATION THAT MUST BE INCLUDED IN THE RESEARCH PAPER:
Your research paper must contain all of the following information (written in your own words) in the following order:
1ST PARAGRAPH: (collect this information while at the zoo)
C Date and place you conducted your research for your project/paper.
C At the zoo: How did you obtain your information – tour guide, keeper, or from reading exhibit information?
(If you went to GCC – Who was your tour guide? How else did you obtain information?)
C What types primates does the facility have?
“At the zoo: What types of primates do they have at that particular facility (prosimians, Old World monkeys, New World monkeys, great apes, and/or small apes)?
Don’t list all species, just the categories.
” If at GCC: How many gibbons do they have total, and how many different species? List the common and scientific names of the different species.
” While at the zoo, choose one primate species and one individual to focus on, and provide both common name(s) and (properly formatted) scientific name of the species
you have chosen to study.
” Is the individual you observed an adult male, adult female, juvenile male, or juvenile female? (If you can’t tell, seek assistance from zoo personnel. (If you are
provided with the individual’s name, you can include it.)
” How many individuals are housed in the enclosure?
” Describe the enclosure. (Include average dimensions and a detailed description of the interior.)
” What types of locomotion did you witness? (You must use proper terminology.)
” What distinguishing physical characteristics did you notice?
” Describe any interesting or unusual behaviors that you observed. (If none, indicate so.)
” What types of enrichment did you observe? (If you are unsure, inquire with zoo personnel.)
” What did you learn about your primate (or other prosimians/monkeys/apes) as a result of your visit?
” Restate both the common name(s) and (properly formatted) scientific name of the primate species you observed at the zoo or at GCC. Example: “My primate observation
focused on an individual male lar gibbon (Hylobates lar).” (State something to this effect in your own words.)
” Is this species a prosimian, Old World monkey, New World monkey, great ape, or small ape?
” List the taxonomic information for your species. Include ONLY the following and list in this order: Kingdom:
Phylum: Class: Order: Family:
Genus: (In proper scientific format) Species: (in proper scientific format)
￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼” For information on how to write scientific names, please see: http://abacus.bates.edu/~ganderso/biology/resources/writing/HTWlatin.html
” List any subspecies including both common name(s) and (properly formatted) scientific name(s). *If there are no subspecies, indicate so.
” List all other species in the same genus including both common name(s) and properly formatted scientific name(s). *If there are no other species in the genus,
” Discuss the anatomy/morphology (physical features) of the species you chose to focus on. You must indicate if there is sexual dimorphism and/or sexual dichromatism
in this species. *If there is no sexual dimorphism or no sexual dichromatism, indicate so. Your description must include information for both adult males and adult
females (average heights, weights, body lengths, body types/features, pelage, etc.).
” What is the primary method of locomotion for this primate species? Discuss using proper terminology. Is this species primarily arboreal or terrestrial – or both?
” What is the natural habitat of this species? Include the type of habitat(s) and specific geographic location(s).
” What is the primary diet of this species? Discuss using proper terminology (e.g., omnivore, gumivore, herbivore, insectivore, carnivore), include the types of foods
that comprise the primary diet, and also other foods they might eat.
” Discuss the social structure and type of social organization for this species, using proper terminology. Include the average number of individuals in a social group,
and indicate if there is male dominance, female dominance, neither, or both.
” Discuss and describe the type of vocalizations this species of primate makes.
” Discuss a distinguishing feature or interesting fact about the primate species.
” What is the conservation status of your primate according to IUCN? This information must only come from the IUCN website. Do not rely on the IUCN information from
any other websites, as they may not regularly check for updated status. Go to the IUCN Red List at: http://www.iucnredlist.org/amazing-species and enter the common or
scientific name of the primate in the search box. If you have trouble locating the information after searching both common and scientific names, ask the instructor for
help. You must include the in-text citation: (IUCN, 2014) and your reference list (bibliography) must include your IUCN reference (e.g., The IUCN Red List of
Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 11 September 2014.) *** You will find the citation at the bottom of the web page. ***
” What is the conservation status of your primate according to CITES? You must list if your primate appears on Appendix I, II, or III, and the initial date listed.
This information must only come from the CITES website. Do not rely on the CITES information from any other websites, as they may not regularly check for updated
status. Go to the CITES-listed species database at: http://www.speciesplus.net/ and enter the common or scientific name of the primate in the search box. When the
primate name comes up, look under “Cites Listing” for the Appendix and the Date. If you have trouble locating the information after searching both common and
scientific names, ask the instructor for help. You must include the in-text citation: (CITES, 2014) and your reference list (bibliography) must include your CITES
reference (e.g., CITES-listed species database <http://www.speciesplus.net/#/taxon_concepts/8333/legal>. Downloaded on 11 September 2014.)
Write a brief discussion (in your own words) of the information you read about in article that you looked up about your primate species. Do NOT copy and paste the
abstract! You should look up an article about your primate via the campus library. You can use the American Journal of Primatology or Folia Primatologica. If you have
trouble finding an article about your primate, you should seek assistance from a campus librarian.
YOU MUST USE APA FORMATTING FOR YOUR RESEARCH PAPER
Your paper must be in APA formatting. APA formatting information is provided to you online where these instructions are posted. You must include in-text citations in
your paper and have a (separate page) Reference Page (Bibliography). You should have a writing tutor on campus proofread your paper, and specifically ask him/her to
confirm that your in-text citations and references are adequate, and are in proper APA format. You should provide the writing tutor with a copy of these instructions.
CONDUCTING YOUR RESEARCH
All of your references must come from primary sources in the scientific literature – this means peer reviewed scientific journals and/or scholarly books.
Scientifically accurate and reliable material is difficult find on the Internet, and Internet sources are NOT appropriate for use in a scientific essay. Because it can
be difficult for introductory level course students to locate all of the required information for non-human primates from peer reviewed scientific journals and/or
scholarly books, there is an exception to the rule. If you are unable to locate all of the required information from scientific journals and/or scholarly books, you
may use the following list of approved Internet sources. Do NOT use any other Internet sources to obtain your information. If you are unable to find any specific
information using the following list of approved websites, you must seek assistance from the instructor well in advance of the due date for this assignment. You will
need to search for an article about your primate from a peer reviewed scientific journal. Recommended peer reviewed scientific journals are the American Journal of
Primatology and Folia Primatologica. If you are uncertain about researching information in peer reviewed scientific journals and/or scholarly books, you must seek
assistance from a campus librarian.
List of instructor approved primatology websites:
Animal Diversity Web: http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/site/accounts/information/Primates.html University of Missouri-Columbia Primate Fact Sheets:
http://web.missouri.edu/~flinnm/courses/mah/facts.htm Arkive: http://www.arkive.org/?v=v2&utm_expid=5144489-2.yA8_u9a0TwiUlMDsDz9dIQ.1
PIN – Primate Info Net (University of Wisconsin): http://pin.primate.wisc.edu
Conservation International: http://www.conservation.org/how/pages/hotspots.aspx
Primate Conservation Inc.: http://www.primate.org/
Palomar College Primate Information: http://anthro.palomar.edu/primate/
Gibbon Conservation Center: http://www.gibboncenter.org/
Gibbon Research Lab: http://gibbons.de/main/index.html
Encyclopedia Britannica: http://www.britannica.com/
*** You MUST use IUCN and CITES for conservation status *** ___________________________________________________________________________________________________
The instructions for completing your ethogram, a sample ethogram, and an ethogram template are provided to you online where these instructions are posted. Your
ethogram must be properly formatted (see instructions, sample, and template provided to you online). You can download and use the template provided.
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