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Social behaviours of captive Trachypithecus cristatus (Mammalia: Cercopithecidae) in the National Zoological Gardens of Sri Lanka

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AA Amarasinghe ,

Taprobanica Nature Conservation Society, 146, Kendalanda, Homagama, LK
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W Madhava S Botejue,

Taprobanica Nature Conservation Society, 146, Kendalanda, Homagama, LK
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Lee E Harding

SciWrite Environmental Sciences Ltd. 2339 Sumpter Drive, Coquitlam, British Columbia, CA
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Abstract

Trachypithecus cristatus (Silvered Leaf Monkey or Silvered Lutung) occur on the Malay Peninsula, Sumatra, Borneo and nearby islands and live mainly in uni-male, female-bonded groups. This study presents preliminary data on social behaviours for Silvered Leaf Monkey in captivity. Behavioural observations were conducted on one group (one adult male, four adult females, three juvenile males and four juvenile females). Data were collected on 30 of the 60 calendar days at the National Zoological Gardens, Dehiwala, Sri Lanka. All behaviours including agonistic and dominance-related, locomotion, feeding and infant-related behaviours were included in the analysis. Unlike in wild populations, we found a clear dominance hierarchy among females.

Key words: Trachypithecus cristatus; Captive Behaviour; Dominance; Hierarchy; Langur; Sri Lanka.

DOI: 10.4038/tapro.v1i1.2781

TAPROBANICA, April, 2009. Vol. 01, No. 01: pp. 66-73

DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/tapro.v1i1.2781
How to Cite: Amarasinghe, A., Botejue, W.M.S. & Harding, L.E., (2011). Social behaviours of captive Trachypithecus cristatus (Mammalia: Cercopithecidae) in the National Zoological Gardens of Sri Lanka. TAPROBANICA: The Journal of Asian Biodiversity. 1(1), pp.66–73. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/tapro.v1i1.2781
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Published on 27 Jan 2011.
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