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Zoo playgrounds: a source of enrichment or stress for a group of nearby cockatoos? A case study

By C. K. Collins, N. M. Marples

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There is increasing evidence that in some circumstances, zoo visitors may be aversive stimuli to nonhuman animals housed in zoos. Yet, most previous research has focused on primates with little attention given to numerous other species who are housed in zoos. The focus animal of this project was the cockatoo, a species who has received minimal attention in zoo-based research. Furthermore, although the influence of the zoo setting has become increasingly important in visitor effect studies, this is the 1st study to quantify the effect of activity at a children's playground on zoo animals. There was an investigation on the effect of a zoo playground on the behavior of citron-crested and Moluccan cockatoos ( Cacatua sulphurea citrinocristata and Cacatua moluccensis), as well as the effect of children standing in front of the birds' aviaries. The results showed that in some circumstances, the Moluccan cockatoos retreated from visitors, while the citron-crested cockatoos did not retreat from visitors and became more social in the presence of visitors. These findings highlight the importance of careful selection of species and individual animals to be housed near zoo playgrounds.

Publication Title Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science
Volume 18
Issue 4
Pages 375-387
ISBN/ISSN 1088-8705
DOI 10.1080/10888705.2015.1034278
Author Address Department of Zoology, School of Natural Sciences, Trinity College, Dublin, Irish Republic.courtney.collins1@umail.ucc.ie
Additional Language English
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  1. Animals
  2. Animal welfare
  3. Aviaries
  4. Birds
  5. Case Report
  6. Children
  7. Effect
  8. Enrichment
  9. Gardens
  10. Humans
  11. Mammals
  12. Men
  13. peer-reviewed
  14. play
  15. Primates
  16. Research
  17. vertebrates
  18. visitors
  19. Zoo and captive wild animals
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