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Space use and proximity of captive chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) mother/offspring pairs
Publication Type 
Journal Article
Year of publication 
Zoo Biology
Abstract 10.1002/zoo.1430130108.abs This pilot study considers space use and behavior patterns for nine chimpanzee mother-offspring pairs. Observations were conducted using instantaneous scan sampling, four times daily, five days a week, for four weeks. Mother-offspring use of vertical space and horizontal space and mother-offspring proximity were observed and analyzed using a Chi Square test. Results suggest mother-offspring pairs use levels above the enclosure floor, spending a majority of time in areas near horizontal bench substrates placed 1.2–2.5 m above the floor. Findings provide information that will assist managers in providing appropriate housing for chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) mothers and their offspring. © 1994 Wiley-Liss, Inc.