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Social Husbandry
Group Housing (Same Primate Species)

The methods outlined in this section relate to the means of controlling breeding, and providing interaction and social stimulation, including the use of group housing, both of the same species and of different species together, and movements of individuals or groups into different environments.

Group Housing (Same Primate Species)

Method Several animals of the same species housed together in the same enclosure, as a pair or family group, or as part of a species-specific social system.
Species Primates.
Purpose Provide normal social grouping, facilitate learning by infants and juveniles, improve breeding success and reduce boredom.
Pro --
Con Don’t always know details of social structure in the wild (for example, Allen’s Swamp Monkey), and even if structure is known, it is not always possible to create it within the zoo.
Improvements --
Comments Group numbers in captive populations rarely reach the levels seen in the wild, but we can try to ensure that the structure of the population is replicated.
Frequency of Use Constant.
Ratings Usefulness 10
Convenience 8
Value For Money N/A
Range of Users 10
Contributed By Primate Section

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