Sunday, November 15, 2015

Chimp and See (and Hear!) #3

Sometimes, our most interesting discoveries aren’t what we see, but what we hear!  In this series of posts, we’ll share some of the fascinating sounds of Africa that we’ve heard in the Chimp & See project.

This time, we'll let YOU try to guess what the sound is!  In this clip, we see a squirrel, but it’s not the one making all the racket.  Can you guess what is?  Here’s a hint, it is 2 different species of the same kind of animal.


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Think you know what animals are making the sound?  Keep reading to find out the answer...

So far at Chimp & See, we've seen and identified 13 species of monkeys, plus some sub-species.  You've just heard 2 of our favorites! (Well, they're all our favorites, really!)

The repeating croaking sound in the beginning belongs to the Diana monkey.
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The “hack-oo” toward the end is from the greater spot-nosed monkey.
Putty-nosed monkey (Cercopithecus nictitans)

Both species of monkeys are known to combine sounds to communicate a variety of different messages, and can even understand the calls of other monkeys that they spend a lot of time with.  When more than one species of animal communicate or interact with each other, we call it a polyspecific association, and it's one of the many things we hope to learn more about through this project.

If you like playing nature detective, you'll have a great time on Chimp & See: http://chimpandsee.org

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