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Animal Care Trip - June 2014

On Friday 27th June the BTEC Animal Care group visited Chester Zoo to complete coursework for the unit on Animal Behaviour'. Over the last few weeks they had been learning about the behaviour of elephants and macaque monkeys. Elephants are highly intelligent animals with complex group and social interactions. At the zoo we observed behaviours including feeding, parenting and communicating. We learnt about how daily health checks are done on these immense animals and how keepers stay safe when working with them. 
The macaques were of course really entertaining, less interested in feeding and spending their time chasing around the swings, trees and ropes. Social interactions including aggression and submissive behaviour were seen as hierarchy was sorted out within the group. Mothers and females within the group cared for the young. Adolescents chased around giving cheek and challenging the adults;, what does that remind us of?

It was an enjoyable but damp day. Everyone completed their work and thought it was a great way of doing coursework. 
The only concern was .... which group of monkeys did we bring back???

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