The Little Rock Zoo

.The Little Rock Zoo needs to step up and care for the animals better! Please read the several artciles here with deaths, sickness and a bald chimp!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Dominance Behaviour in Chimpanzees

Similar to human flag displays, chimpanzee males engage in ritualized ‘dominance displays’. Such displays can be ‘directed’ or ‘undirected’. Directed displays are usually directed at another individual (usually male) who is perceived as a threat to the status of the displaying male (Coe and Levin 2006). Undirected dominance displays are usually shows of power, and geared towards the environment. Undirected displays can also noncontact group displays against an out-group (Coe and Levin 2006). By engaging in ‘dominance display’ behaviors, chimpanzees can establish the dominance within a group or of one group over the other, as well as communicate and maintain developing dominance hierarchies."

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