Friday 23rd October 2020

Observation of Primate Behaviour

On Thursday, December 6th, the Psychology department took 40 students from Years 12 & 13 to Chester Zoo to study the primates. They spent the day studying and observing primate behaviour which is particularly relevant to their studies in human behaviour as 97% of our DNA genes match up to those of the Apes. By studying the primate behaviour, it is possible to make inferences about human behaviour. The day consisted of an “Out and About” teaching session.

The students were accompanied by a teaching zoologist on a tour of different primate species, discussing observable behaviour. The primates studied were both old and new world monkeys such as Bornean and Sumatran Orang-Utans, Chimpanzees and Capuchins.

Pupils reported that the talk was an extremely enjoyable and informative experience which greatly enhanced their studies.