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Personality assessment in African elephants (Loxodonta africana): Comparing the temporal stability of ethological coding versus trait rating

By Kristina M. Horback, Lance J. Miller, Stan A. Kuczaj

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The consistency of personality assessment was addressed in this study of 12 zoological African elephants living at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park in Escondido, CA, USA during the 2010 and 2011 summer seasons. Using 480h of observational behavior data, three personality traits were determined based on behavior events, with the most significant correlations (two-tailed rs>0.77, P0.72, P

Publication Title Applied Animal Behaviour Science
Volume 149
Issue 1
Pages 55-62
ISBN/ISSN 0168-1591
DOI 10.1016/j.applanim.2013.09.009
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  1. Elephants
  2. Personality
  3. temperament
  4. Zoos