Document Type

Thesis

Date of Degree Completion

Spring 2015

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Primate Behavior

Committee Chair

Dr. Lori Sheeran

Second Committee Member

Dr. R. Steven Wagner

Third Committee Member

Dr. Lixing Sun

Fourth Committee Member

Dr. Jessica Mayhew

Abstract

The dispersal patterns of food resources has a significant effect on the composition of primate groups and social interactions within those groups. Humans often alter the dispersal of food. Non-humans often use affiliative behaviors to elicit tolerance or support from other group members. I investigated whether provisioned food resources alter the social interactions and group dynamics of Macaca thibetana. All-occurrence sampling and scan sampling were used for data recorded by camera traps. Trail-cameras were placed at six locations that contain natural and human food resources and recorded 60-second videos. Social behavior and proximity of the monkeys were recorded. I found that M. thibetana maintain closer proximity while in non-provisioning areas at Mt. Huangshan. The data also shows that they exhibit higher levels of agonistic and submissive behavior while in the provisioning areas than while in the non-provisioning areas, and they engage in more affiliative behaviors while in non-provisioning areas than while in provisioning areas.