Note what day you went, what time you started observing, and how long your observation lasted.
Try to assign a name or code to each animal observed, and if possible, note the animal's sex and approximate age.
Describe how each animal is physically different from the others.
What is happening in the group? Try to identify "behavior sequences" series of interactions or behaviors that seem to begin and end. What happens during each sequence, who is involved, how long does the behavior last?
Note what the animals are doing, what expressions and communication acts are involved, which animals are interacting most intensely.
Look for differences in behavior among the adult males, adult females, infants, and juveniles.
Try to describe the group's behavior during the time you observed. Can you make any "educated guesses" about the dynamics of the group you were observing, such as: which animals are related; which animals prefer to interact with one another; which animals are older, younger; which are dominant or submissive?
In the description-explain how you came up with name; guessed gender and age level-social cue, size, fur color, website?
Project prompt questions
How do the non-human primates interact in general? How is their sociality similar to humans (e.g. more, less, or the same). Explain how, using examples.
What patterns of interactions did you notice between adult males and females? Combined with their sexual dimorphism (or lack thereof), what does this say about the reproductive strategies of that particular non-human primate group?
How did they indicate dominance and subordination? What does this say about the nature of competition and cooperation within their group?
What is the relationship between communication and vocalization or other sounds amongst this group? How is their communication different from human language, or even human body language?
What patterns of interactions did you notice between adults and children/juveniles? What does this say about parental investment and the role of the group in raising the young?
How do the children and juveniles play? What is the function of play in this circumstance, and is it similar to how human children play?
Finally, how useful is primate behavior when it comes to understanding human behavior? How similar are we to them? How different?