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Animal Tool Behavior: The Use and Manufacture of Tools by Animals
  • B. Beck
  • Biology, Psychology
  • 1 June 1980
Through a comprehensive synthesis of the studies produced through 2010, the authors provide an updated and exact definition of tool use, identify new modes of use that have emerged in the literature, examine all forms of tool manufacture, and address common myths about non-human tool use. Expand
Reintroduction of captive-born animals
This paper explores the extent to which reintroduction of captive-born animals is being used as a conservation strategy, the extent to which zoos are participating, the success of reintroduction, andExpand
Best practice guidelines for the re-introduction of great apes
These guidelines adapt other IUCN documents to pertain specifically to the re-introduction of great apes to improve the chances of survival of these great apes in their natural habitats. Expand
Animal tool behavior
Food transfers in wild and reintroduced golden lion tamarins, Leontopithecus rosalia
The findings suggest that food transfer in golden lion tamarins is best understood as provisioning of young that have not fully developed foraging skills to ensure they get the necessary resources for growth and survival. Expand
Spontaneous use of magnitude discrimination and ordination by the orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus).
Orangutans attend to differences in magnitude and can spontaneously use ordinality, suggesting that the ability to discriminate quantity is descriptive of general cognitive ability and a cognitive difference between chimpanzees and orangutan is suggested. Expand
The Golden lion tamarin Leontopithecus rosalia: a conservation success story
Although new threats (introduction of exotic primates) continue to challenge efforts to preserve the species, there is no doubt of the success of almost 30 years of the Golden Lion Tamarin Conservation Programme. Expand
A study of problem solving by gibbons.
  • B. Beck
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Behaviour
  • 1967
Four gibbons were presented with five types of string-pulling problems based on those used by KOHLER to demonstrate insight, and it is concluded that the sudden appearance of a complete, adaptive, complex response sequence following a period of non-problem-directed responding objectively characterize the qualitatively unique learning process known as insight. Expand
Correlates of sexual and maternal competence in captive gorillas
It is concluded that many cases of reproductive failure are due to deficits in sexual behavior, which in turn may result from lack of early social experience with conspecifics. Expand
Play Behavior in Juvenile Golden Lion Tamarins (Callitrichidae: Primates): Organization in Relation to Costs
The observed organization of play behavior suggests that juvenile GLTs minimize the risk of predation and accidental injuries, but do not seem to minimize energy expenditure and the risks of social injuries. Expand