Primate Care Manual
The Ultimate Resource for
Quality Care and Understanding of Primates
in Private Captive Situations
Communication, the transmitting of information,
occurs in all species. The very survival of primates depends on
their ability to convey information within their environment.
The social structure and group size of a troop will help determine
how primates communicate, and how complex this system of communication
is. This system in turn helps keep the troop together and in working
order. For example, communication helps members determine who
is who in the hierarchy, as well as who will be admitted or repulsed
from the group.
There are four different types of communication
in primates. They are:
TACTILE for relating to the sense of touch
0LFACT0RY - of or relating to the sense of smell.
VISUAL - of, relating to, or used in vision. Attained or maintained
AC0USTIC - of or relating to hearing. Sound.
This look at the communication process in primates
is divided into the New World and Old World. Although your interest
may be for one over the other, both sections should be read as
many of the aspects can apply to all species.
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