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  • Print publication year: 2021
  • Online publication date: January 2021

12 - Random Walk Analyses in Primates

from Part II - GIS Analysis in Fine-Scale Space


Models of foraging behavior often assume that foragers either have no information about the spatial distribution of resources that they seek or, at the other extreme, that they are omniscient with regard to the locations of those resources. This is paralleled by a distinction between the optimization of search behavior (which assumes no knowledge of resource locations) and the pursuit of efficient routes between multiple resource patches (often explicitly considered to be a cognitive task). In this chapter we discuss a variety of movement models that have recently become common in animal ecology. We then use a population of hamadryas baboons as a case study to investigate the relevance of these models to a species possessing spatial memory and learning capabilities.

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