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A review of nutritional and motivational factors contributing to the performance of regurgitation and reingestion in captive lowland gorillas ( Gorilla gorilla gorilla )

By K. E. Lukas

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A review. Regurgitation and reingestion is a common phenomenon in captive lowland gorillas, but it has never been reported in wild populations. Although changes in diet have been shown to reduce the behavior, little is known about the underlying mechanisms that lead to its development and maintenance. A comparative analysis of ruminatory behavior in humans and stereotypic behavior in captive, domesticated animals was carried out which revealed several nutritional and motivational factors that may contribute to the sustained performance of this behavior in captive gorillas.

Date 1999
Publication Title Applied Animal Behaviour Science
Volume 63
Issue 3
Pages 237-249
ISBN/ISSN 0168-1591
DOI 10.1016/S0168-1591(98)00239-1
Language English
Author Address School of Psychology, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, 30324, USA.
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  1. Animal behavior
  2. Animal nutrition
  3. Behavior and behavior mechanisms
  4. Gorillas
  5. Great ape
  6. Mammals
  7. Nutrition
  8. peer-reviewed
  9. Primates
  10. regurgitation
  11. Reviews
  12. rumination
  13. Wild animals
  14. Zoo and captive wild animals
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