Responses to leopards are independent of experience in Guereza colobus monkeys

  title={Responses to leopards are independent of experience in Guereza colobus monkeys},
  author={Anne Marijke Schel and Klaus Zuberb{\"u}hler},
How primates learn to recognise the predatory species from their animate world is a largely unresolved problem. We conducted predator encounter experiments with wild Guereza colobus monkeys of the Sonso area of Budongo Forest, Uganda. The monkeys are hunted by crowned eagles and chimpanzees, but not leopards, which have been locally extinct for decades. Despite their unfamiliarity with this predator, monkeys reliably produced appropriate anti-predator behaviour to leopards, which was… CONTINUE READING
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