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A note on enrichment for captive lion-tailed macaques ( Macaca silenus )

By A. Mallapur, N. Waran, Sinha Anindya

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Two enrichment techniques were devised with the aim of reducing stress and improving welfare for captive lion-tailed macaques in an Indian zoo. In Study A, a log, cotton ropes and a feeding basket were added to the enclosures in different combinations to provide structural and feeding enrichment and were subsequently removed, while in Study B, singly-housed individuals were transferred to a large open-moated enclosure in which they were group-housed. The effects of these two enrichment techniques (social and physical) appeared to significantly improve the welfare of the study individuals by stimulating them to exhibit higher levels of natural behaviours along with the suppression of several abnormal behaviours.

Date 2007
Publication Title Applied Animal Behaviour Science
Volume 108
Issue 1/2
Pages 191-195
ISBN/ISSN 0168-1591
Language English
Author Address Animal Behaviour and Welfare Group, Division of Veterinary Clinical Studies, Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh, Easter Bush Veterinary Centre, Easter Bush, Roslin, Midlothian EH25 9RG, UK.mallapur@umd.edu
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  1. Abnormal behavior
  2. Animal behavior
  3. Animal rights
  4. Animal roles
  5. Animal welfare
  6. Asia
  7. Commonwealth of Nations
  8. Developed countries
  9. Deviant behavior
  10. Enrichment
  11. India
  12. Macaques
  13. Mammals
  14. Primates
  15. Zoo and captive wild animals