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Environmental enrichment for dendrobatid frogs

By K. Hurme, K. Gonzalez, M. Halvorsen, B. Foster, D. Moore, B. D. Chepko-Sade

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The Central Park Zoo, one of the Wildlife Conservation Society's Living Institutions in New York, recently renovated an exhibit for dart-poison frogs. Staff developed a new hollow coconut insect feeder in conjunction with this project. When the exhibit change, coconut feeder, and other enrichments were tested for effectiveness, the coconut feeder enrichment produced the greatest increase in frog activity in traditional and new exhibits. This may be due to the coconut feeder's relatively complicated nature, which randomizes the release of insects into the exhibit. The goal of this project was to help develop a best-practices approach to dendrobatid husbandry for zoological facilities to use in the future.

Publication Title Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science
Volume 6
Issue 4
Pages 285-299
ISBN/ISSN 1088-8705
Publisher Taylor & Francis
DOI 10.1207/s15327604jaws0604_3
Language English
Author Address Wildlife Conservation Society, 450 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11225, USA.dmoore@wcs.org
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  1. Amphibians
  2. Angiosperms
  3. Animal behavior
  4. Animal rights
  5. Animals
  6. Animal welfare
  7. Behavior and behavior mechanisms
  8. Biology
  9. Developed countries
  10. Feeders
  11. Feeding behavior
  12. Flowers
  13. Frogs
  14. New York
  15. North America
  16. OECD countries
  17. peer-reviewed
  18. Plants
  19. Techniques
  20. United States of America
  21. vertebrates
  22. Zoo and captive wild animals
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