Cercopithecine Infant Development
Grace Fuller: Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
Species: Allen's swamp monkeys and Wolf's guenons
This study examines the socio-cognitive development of African
monkeys. Cleveland Metroparks Zoo currently houses breeding groups of
Allen's swamp monkeys and Wolf's guenons, both of which produced
offspring this year. Both groups also contain juveniles. This study
examines infant and juvenile behavior in both groups with reference to
the following questions:
- When do infants gain independence from mothers, and how is proximity between infants and mothers regulated?
- What patterns of interaction develop between infants and other group members as infants mature?
- How and when do grooming relationships develop?
- How and when does object-directed behavior develop?