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  • Old Guy Student 10:52 pm on January 24, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    ANTH372:First Paper 

    The following is the first paper for the Field Studies class tomorrow and is due tomorrow at 9am via email.

    1)            What are you most excited to learn about primates this semester?

    I have always thought primates were amazing creatures and as a child, I envied Speed Racer’s brother Spridle more then I did Speed or his brother Rex simply because his best friend was a monkey.  I love dogs and when I met my wife, she had a dog that was part Australian Cattle dog and part American Staffordshire Terrier or American Pit Bull Terrier.  At the time, I was very uncomfortable around dogs in general let alone the maligned breed.  I was in a position where I could take the dog to work with me and I did so for about 3 months.  During that time, I tried to push her buttons so that I could get a negative reaction.  Nothing cruel, just touching her and rough housing with her.  Somehow during all of this we bonded and she chose me.  My ex-wife is a biologist and she pushed me to learn and understand Cassidy by providing me books on the breed and dogs.  I joined the Australian Cattle Dog email group and I read.  When Cassidy went through puberty and started to assert her dominance it manifested as aggression.  Through the help of more knowledgeable owners, I was able to understand the root cause.  This allowed me to better understand, control and protect her.

    I want to learn about primates and what makes them tick, why do they do what they do and how does it apply to them.  Ultimately, this could become a career for me, as I think I would really enjoy working with primates.  With Dogs, I can look at body posture, tail, ears and movement to judge mood.  Since I understand their mental model, I can make them so happy they smile and I know when I have achieved my goal because it shows in their entire body posture.  Dogs ceased to be just animals and became beings and when I look at them, I can sort of gage what they are thinking.  Or I like to imagine that I can  Ultimately, I would like to be able to do the same or similar things with primates.

    2)            Since most of you have never done a fieldwork class before, what is your biggest concern about doing fieldwork?

    Safety is really the only concern that I have because I have a healthy respect for primates.  I realize that the average chimpanzee has the strength to remove your limbs from your body without realizing it did so.  Right now, this fear is fueled by a lack of knowledge and understanding of primates, their behaviors and most of all their body languages.  When Cassidy is going to act dominant, when she is going to become aggressive, there are signs.  By learning those signs, I was able to keep her from having altercations with other dogs.   I am sure as I observe them more and learn to read body language and understand their behaviors that this concern will fade as the amazing excitement created by this class replace that fear with knowledge and understanding.

    I think you might like this video.  The first time I saw it, I watched it like 10 times.  See you tomorrow.

    This professor has take home tests in the form of essay papers.  Class participation is worth an equal amount of your grade.  You get out of the classes exactly what you out in to it.

    • endangeredliving 6:48 pm on January 25, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      But now the most important question, do you have a favorite species of primate??!


      • Old Guy Student 10:50 pm on January 26, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Gorillas will always be my favorite I think. Primarily because of the work done by Diane Fossey, the movie made about her and Koko. Unfortunately (fortunately?) the Sacramento Zoo does not have a Gorilla. Chimpanzees are a high favorite right now. 😀


        • endangeredliving 10:56 pm on January 26, 2014 Permalink

          Awesome! I’m a great ape person as well, though orange have stolen my heart. But I will be spending the summer researching chimps, so I’ve been reading up on them a lot and they’re just so fascinating! Their social structures are just amazing


        • Old Guy Student 11:13 pm on January 26, 2014 Permalink

          I am still learning and I am not sure which will become my go to primate. I like the orangs but Amelia was just so full of herself and scored a major victory for the chimps. 🙂


        • Old Guy Student 6:12 pm on March 7, 2014 Permalink

          That is really cool, the two orangutan at the Sacramento Zoo have been really amazing to watch. This is my first class and I have sooooo much to learn. I am taking physical anthropology too and that is filling in a lot of the gaps. The chimps are my current favorite because they appear to be so comtemplative. The troop at the zoo here, just had s change in the social hierarchy with the young male, Dougie, asserting his dominance and displacing Pablo. Pablo and Emelia have a daughter, Maria who chose Dougie’s side. It was predictable in a way because Maria and Dougie do the wild thing. Maria is on the pill because, well, we don’t need any baby chimps right now. 🙂


  • Old Guy Student 10:40 pm on January 24, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    ANTH372:Primatology Field Studies (8 Weeks) 

    This is the class that I was invited to by the professor.  Of course I jumped on it, I mean, how often in life does your favorite professor invite you to a super-secret class? Open-mouthed smile  It’s because I am the Steve in the Anyone but MooSe or Steve.

    ANTH 372 Primatology Field Studies 2 Units
    Prerequisite: None
    Advisory: ANTH 300
    Course Transferable to CSU
    Hours: 36 hours LEC
    This course provides practical experience in non-human primate observational studies. The Sacramento Zoo serves as the “field site” where observations on non-human primates are conducted. Focus is on training in research methodology and observational techniques. Field studies may focus on the ChimpanZoo Program under the
    Jane Goodall Institute. Field trips will be required.

  • Old Guy Student 6:15 am on January 22, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    First Day Of Spring 2014 Semester 

    It was frigid this morning.  At Starbucks, I decided to go and get MooSe for school.  It seemed to take forever to get there!  Meter lights and a line at the onramp delayed me easily 10 minutes.  Then there were two accidents that slowed things down for another 10 minutes.  When I arrived I Traded MooSe My Starbucks Coffee Refill for a Wake & Bake session.


    The drive back to school was much more pleasant then the drive to pickup MooSe, mainly because he was there.  You know. misery loves company and stuff.


    When we got to school, MooSe needed to go to the bookstore.  I needed a few minutes of me time, so that I could push through the social anxiety that is the first day of school for me.  Luckily Moose gave me some vape liquid and let me pack my head stash.


    The parking lots are full today, the first day.  The majority of the students here today wont last past the first week of February.  So many New Years Resolutions coming to a brutal, humiliating end.  Cynical?  No.  I will share a picture when it happens and the part that pisses me off the most is that I wont get in to all of the classes that I want this semester.


    I love the camera on the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and these wide angle photographs are amazing when viewed in all their glory.  Hopefully my new editor will figure out how to put them online so that you can.


    No, I am not lost, I just couldn’t find MooSe.  Then I saw this….


    Which killed my high and reminded me in stark reality exactly where I was like a bad episode of Community.  I had to stop for a minute, take a breath and find myself because I was a bit lost.


    I love and loathe the first day of a semester.  I love the sense of new beginning and the excitement surrounding it but I loathe all the time we waste with teachers going over the syllabus, obvious attendance and other rules.  I know why they do it and that just makes it sting all that more because the people who elicited this response are my classmates.

    It doesn’t look like I am going to get in to the ASL2 class which makes me a few credits shy of full-time.  That could change with more people dropping out after the deadline.  I am going to ask the professor if I can stuck around until the final date to drop classes with a refund as that is usually when people make the ultimate decision.  Since it is a 4 unit class….  The worst part about not getting in this class is that MooSe and two of my other friends are in the class.  Argh.  Shit.  And now it is 10:15 and time for me to go crawl in to my bed.  Early to bed.  Early to rise.  Aaron needs a ride to work, then off to get MooSe for school.

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