Mixed-species exhibition of Neotropical primates: Analysis of species combination success



Buchanan-Smith HM (2012) Mixed-species exhibition of Neotropical primates: Analysis of species combination success. International Zoo Yearbook, 46 (1), pp. 150-163.

Many zoos worldwide exhibit New World monkeys in mixed-species exhibits, with monkeys, reptiles, birds or other mammals. Many of these exhibits are very successful, providing a more dynamic environment for the inhabitants and a more interesting and informative display for visitors. Analysis of previously published literature on the success and failure of species combinations reveals a higher success ratio for naturally associating species, but that sympatry alone does not predict the likelihood of success. Nonetheless, careful consideration of choice of species and an enclosure purpose-designed or modified with features for the chosen species can increase success. Environmental enrichment can be designed to promote positive and natural interactions between naturally associating species. There are some precautions to be taken during the introduction of the species to increase the likelihood of compatibility, and continued monitoring of the exhibit with enclosure modification if necessary will increase the chances of longer-term stability.

enclosure design; environmental enrichment; mixed-species exhibit; New World monkey; polyspecific association ; Primates Adaptaption; Zoos

International Zoo Yearbook: Volume 46, Issue 1

Publication date31/01/2012
Date accepted by journal11/10/2011
PublisherWiley-Blackwell for The Zoological Society of London

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Professor Hannah Buchanan-Smith
Professor Hannah Buchanan-Smith

Professor, Psychology