“Risk perception and terrestriality in primates: A quasi-experiment through habituation of chacma baboons (Papio ursinus) in Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique”

New article published by Philippa Hammond, Lynn Lewis-Bevan, Dora Biro and Susana Carvalho, in American Journal of Biological Anthropology.

Habituation is a common pre-requisite for studying noncaptive primates. Details and quantitative reporting on this process are often overlooked but are useful for measuring human impact on animal behavior, especially when comparing studies across time or sites. During habituation, perceived risk of a stimulus—human observers—is assumed to decline with repeated exposure to that stimulus. We use habituation as a quasi-experiment to study the landscape of fear, exploring relationships between actual risk, perceived risk, mediating environmental variables, and behavioral correlates.

More info: https://doi.org/10.1002/ajpa.24567

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