Articles | Volume 3, issue 2
Primate Biol., 3, 23–31, 2016
Primate Biol., 3, 23–31, 2016

Research article 08 Jul 2016

Research article | 08 Jul 2016

Recruitment and monitoring behaviors by leaders predict following in wild Barbary macaques (Macaca sylvanus)

Anne Seltmann et al.

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We investigated collective movements in a group of wild Barbary macaques (Macaca sylvanus) in the Middle Atlas, Morocco. While pauses of the first departing individual enhanced following behavior, the opposite was found for back glancing. To successfully initiate a collective movement, it seemed to be sufficient for a socially integrated group member to take action when other group members signal their willingness prior to departure and to occasionally wait for the group while moving.