Ethology, Ecology, Evolution of Monkeys and Dogs at the park
On Friday we will take a field trip during class to a park near the school. The park is carved out of the Central Ridge Forest. (See this old pamphlet: https://archive.org/details/DelhiRidge)
Please use the time today to prepare for the field trip.
- Increase your knowledge of dog and monkey behavior.
- Practice observation of behaviors with the various video clips. Develop “search images” through careful observation. The value of video is that you can “rewind and replay.”
- Consider how an organism’s behavior enables it to live and reproduce in an environment–the environment for both of our animals of study include physical, biological, and social aspects.
- Think about how an organism’s behavior, body, and environment (at all scales) interact and how this interaction affects how successfully the organism reproduces and how successfully the offspring reproduce.
Review previous blogposts for information on primates and canids.
It is fun to look at scientific papers about things we study in Science 7. See this: http://www.ipublishing.co.in/ijesarticles/thirteen/articles/volthree/EIJES31128.pdf
See if you can find other articles about monkeys and stray/street dogs in India.
See this list of Macaque behaviors: https://nc3rs.org.uk/macaques/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Ethogram-for-general-behavioural-monitoring-Caralyn-Kemp.pdf
See this list of Canid (dog family) behaviors: http://rfrazier.msblogs.aes.ac.in/files/2017/04/pred_etho_canid1.pdf
Practice your observation skills with the following video clips. (You may use headphones for the videos.)
Watch during class and as homework before Friday’s trip:
- Dogs Decoded:
- Great Transitions:
- Your Inner Monkey (from Your Inner Fish):