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Preliminary observations on the differences in reproductive behaviour between breeding and non-breeding captive lion-tailed macaques ( Macaca silenus ) housed in Indian zoos

By A. Mallapur, N. Waran, S. Seaman, Sinha Anindya

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Rearing history and levels of abnormal behaviour exhibited by lion-tailed macaques housed in Indian zoos was found to influence their ability to breed. Proven breeders were born in zoos while the non-breeding individuals were confiscated from private owners. Proven breeders also exhibited significantly lower percentages of abnormal behaviour and higher levels of social interactions and autogrooming when compared to the non-breeding macaques. These differences may have been due to non-breeders being housed in isolation and in contact of humans. This could have had an influence on the development of reproductive and social behaviours during the early stages in their lives.

Date 2006
Publication Title Applied Animal Behaviour Science
Volume 97
Issue 2/4
Pages 343-348
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. avantim@yahoo.com
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  1. Animal behavior
  2. Animal reproduction
  3. Animal rights
  4. Animal welfare
  5. Asia
  6. Breeding
  7. Commonwealth of Nations
  8. Developed countries
  9. India
  10. Macaques
  11. Mammals
  12. Mysore
  13. peer-reviewed
  14. Primates
  15. Reproduction
  16. Zoo and captive wild animals
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