During your field trip to the zoo, you and your
partner will make general observations of primates and then
focus on one particular individual. Through this activity, you
will gain experience in data collection and conducting behavioral
observations, as well as gain insight into the extraordinary
life of chimpanzee or gorilla society.
Prepare for Field Trip:
Before you conduct your own observations, read samples
from Dr. Goodall’s research.
Jane later adopted more standardized methods, using
datasheets and the time interval technique.
Read about the different primate behaviors to prepare
for your general observations at the zoo.
Print out the datasheet
and be sure to take it with you on the field trip!
Choose one particular category of behaviors (e.g., Aggression)
to focus on in the second part of your data collection
and then find our more by reading about the behavior.
In the “Specific Behaviors” section of the
data sheet, fill in behaviors you will look for under your
chosen category. For example, if you chose Aggression and
you will be viewing chimpanzees, you may write arm raise,
charging display, and biting in the provided spaces.
Find Out More
Start Your Data Collection:
At Gombe, two researchers work
side by side to collect data of chimpanzee behavior. One researcher
records data on a target individual and the other records
data on the entire group of chimpanzees. When making your
observations at the zoo, you and your partner will mirror
the research methodology used at Gombe.