Tourists risk animal bites by misreading wild monkey facial expressions as ‘kisses’

Wildlife tourists frequently mistaking animals' warnings of aggression for 'smiles' and 'kisses', leading to welfare problems for primates and risk of injury for people -- and educational tools such as 2-D images and information signs like those found in zoos or animal parks aren't effective at improving recognition, according to a new study by a team of behavioral ecologists and psychologists.

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