Monday, January 12, 2009

Clouded Leopard Elicits Primate Mobbing Behavior

We've recently been in touch with Andreas Koenig, Associate Professor of Anthropology at Stony Brook University. He and his team plan to conduct a study to observe the reaction of Phayre's leaf monkeys in Thailand to the recorded vocalizations of clouded leopards. We plan to send Andreas recordings of our male clouded leopard that he will play back to observe the monkeys' response to what is assumed to be a chief natural predator.

Researchers have twice previously observed a group of Phayre's demonstrating mobbing behavior. In these instances, the appearance of a clouded leopard in a tree occupied by a group of monkeys caused most of the group to flee some distance. However, four individuals remained relatively near the cat, vocalizing continuously for up to two hours. Mobbing behavior is seen in many species (although has rarely been recorded in primates) and is thought to draw attention to a predator as well as prompt it to leave the area after having its presence exposed.
Phayre's leaf monkey photo by Carola Borries

For details on the observation see: Lloyd, et. al. Observation of Phayre’s leaf monkeys mobbing a clouded leopard at Phu Khieo Wildlife Sanctuary (Thailand) Mammalia (2006): 158–159


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