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Environmental enrichment reduces the performance of stereotypic circling behaviour in captive common seals ( Phoca vitulina )

By J. A. E. Grindrod, J. A. Cleaver

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Abstract

A simple, cheap and effective method of adding complexity to a captive environment is the use of environmental enrichment techniques. A number of enrichment devices were used in this study, focusing primarily on occupying more time in feeding/foraging behaviours of common seals. The performance of stereotypic circling behaviour was significantly reduced during the enrichment period, suggesting it had improved welfare of all the animals in this study.

Date 2001
Publication Title Animal Welfare
Volume 10
Issue 1
Pages 53-63
ISBN/ISSN 0962-7286
Language English
Author Address Sea Life Centre, Hunstanton, Norfolk, PE36 5BH, UK.
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  1. Abnormal behavior
  2. Animal behavior
  3. Animal rights
  4. Animal roles
  5. Animal welfare
  6. Aquacultural and fisheries
  7. Aquatic organisms
  8. Deviant behavior
  9. Environment
  10. Mammals
  11. Marine mammals
  12. Seals
  13. Zoo and captive wild animals