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A survey assessment of variables related to stereotypy in captive giraffe and okapi

By M. J. Bashaw, L. R. Tarou, T. S. Maki, T. L. Maple

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Stereotypic behaviour has been investigated in a wide variety of animals, but little published information is available on this problem in captive exotic ungulates. A survey was used to gather information on the prevalence of stereotypic behaviour in giraffe and okapi and to identify variables associated with these behaviours. Of the 71 institutions that received a survey, 69.0% responded. Data were reported for 257 individuals, including 214 giraffe (representing five subspecies) and 29 okapi. Of the animals included in the survey, 79.7% performed at least one type of stereotypic behaviour. Licking of non-food objects (72.4

Date 2001
Publication Title Applied Animal Behaviour Science
Volume 73
Issue 3
Pages 235-247
ISBN/ISSN 0168-1591
DOI 10.1016/S0168-1591(01)00137-X
Language English
Author Address TECHlab, Zoo Atlanta, 800 Cherokee Avenue SE, Atlanta, GA 30315, USA.
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  1. Animal behavior
  2. Behavior and behavior mechanisms
  3. Eating habits
  4. Environment
  5. Feeding behavior
  6. Giraffes
  7. Locomotion
  8. Mammals
  9. peer-reviewed
  10. physical activity
  11. Ruminants
  12. species differences
  13. surveys
  14. Zoo and captive wild animals
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