Top 8 Behavioral Patterns of Primates

Top 8 Behavioral Patterns of Primates in Uganda, Rwanda and the DR Congo

Top 8 Behavioral Patterns of Primates in Uganda, Rwanda, DR Congo are grooming, dominance. Top 8 Behavioral Patterns of Primates make Primates very exciting and remarkable to watch while Gorilla Trekking, Chimpanzee Tracking at Bwindi Forest National Park, Virunga National Park, Volcanoes National Park and Mgahinga National Park.

Just like Humans, Primates have patterns of social behaviors like grooming, imitative and cooperative foraging, differentiated relationships, ritualized courtship, mating behavior and competitive interactions structured by social dominance.

Top 8 Behavioral Patterns of Primates

  1. Grooming

Grooming among Primates is a very ideal and essential role as the Subordinate Animals/ Adults groom the dominant ones. For example, males groom females for sexual access. Mothers/ Adult Females groom the infants by keeping their fur clean.

  1. Dominance

Dominance is very common among primates where primates in the higher hierarchy displace lower ranked individuals from resources i.e (mates, space, food). This enables them to have higher reproductive success in terms of their offspring.

  1. Reproduction

Primates are seasonally or cyclically receptive and reproductive. Primates copulate for several weeks although there is no evidence of paternal care of the infants.

  1. Communication

Primates communicate a lot to their peers through scents; body postures; gestures; vocalizations stating fear, excitement, confidence, anger. They also use facial expression to communicate just like humans.

  1. Mothers and infants Connection

In Primates there is a strong Mother and Infants’ connection where mothers nurture the infants so that they become responsible adults when they grow up.

  1. Aggressive Behavior

In Primates aggression behavior varies depending on who the enemy is at the time. For example among Baboons, they gang up to chase away hyenas that come to attack them where Chimpanzees gang up to fight and destroy other groups of Chimpanzee.

  1. Cultural Behavior

Cultural behavior among primates is transferred from one generation to another just as humans. The culture proceeds from the adults to the infants for example fishing amongst Chimpanzees.

  1. Cognitive abilities

Primates have the unique skill of being cognitive that is they think of some situations before they actually do them. For example, Chimpanzees and Gorillas use various tools like stones to crack nuts out of their hard pods.

Leave Reply