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  1. The effects of three types of environmental enrichment on the behaviour of captive Javan gibbons (Hylobates moloch)

    Contributor(s):: Gronqvist, Gabriella, Kingston-Jones, Mark, May, Adam, Lehmann, Julia

    Studies on a large variety of species have shown that enrichment can be successfully used to encourage natural behaviours, to decrease rates of abnormal behaviour and to improve welfare in captive animals. However, whether or not a specific enrichment device is enriching depends on the species...

  2. Effect of pre-partum habituation to milking routine on behaviour and lactation performance of buffalo heifers

    Contributor(s):: Polikarpus, Annemari, Napolitano, Fabio, Grasso, Fernando, Di Palo, Rossella, Zicarelli, Fabio, Arney, David, De Rosa, Giuseppe

    The aim of this study was to investigate the effect pre-partum habituation in the milking parlour on behaviour and lactation performance of buffalo heifers. Sixteen buffalo heifers in late gestation were used for this study. The animals, with an age ranging from 30 to 44 months at the start of...

  3. The effect of combining different environmental enrichment materials on enrichment use by growing pigs

    Contributor(s):: Guy, Jonathan H., Meads, Zoe A., Shiel, Robert S., Edwards, Sandra A.

    EU legislation requires that growing pigs are provided with suitable materials that satisfy their needs for investigation and manipulation. Although commercial pig keepers have tried a variety of different enrichment materials and methods of presentation, the benefits to the pig have not always...

  4. Object recognition and generalisation during habituation in horses

    Contributor(s):: Christensen, Janne Winther, Zharkikh, Tatjana, Chovaux, Elodie

    The ability of horses to habituate to frightening stimuli greatly increases safety in the horse–human relationship. A recent experiment suggested, however, that habituation to frightening visual stimuli is relatively stimulus-specific in horses and that shape and colour are important factors for...

  5. Behavioural fear and heart rate responses of horses after exposure to novel objects: Effects of habituation

    Contributor(s):: Leiner, Lisa, Fendt, Markus

    The emotion fear promotes the fitness of wild animals. In a farm environment, exaggerated fear, e.g., in horses, can cause several problems. Therefore, knowledge about fear in horses helps to prevent or to handle potential fear-inducing situations. The present study investigated which behavioural...

  6. Behavioural and physiological responses of captive wombats (Lasiorhinus latifrons) to regular handling by humans

    Contributor(s):: Hogan, Lindsay A., Johnston, Stephen D., Lisle, Allan T., Keeley, Tamara, Wong, Phoenix, Nicolson, Vere, Horsup, Alan B., Janssen, Tina, Phillips, Clive J. C.

    The response of animals to handling by humans has been extensively evaluated in domesticated livestock, but rarely examined in wildlife species. Twelve captive wombats (Lasiorhinus latifrons) were subjected to two treatments in a replicated design: (1) daily handling, involving 15min of tactile...

  7. An automated positioning system for monitoring chickens’ location: Effects of wearing a backpack on behaviour, leg health and production

    Contributor(s):: Stadig, Lisanne M., Rodenburg, T. Bas, Ampe, Bart, Reubens, Bert, Tuyttens, Frank A. M.

    Automated tracking of the location of individual chickens is becoming more common in behavioural research. This technology has several advantages including gathering large amounts of data and monitoring of individual animals as opposed to flocks. To ensure the quality of the research the...

  8. The application of learning theory in horse training

    Contributor(s):: McLean, Andrew N., Christensen, Janne Winther

    The millennia-old practices of horse training markedly predate and thus were isolated from the mid-twentieth century revelation of animal learning processes. From this standpoint, the progress made in the application and understanding of learning theory in horse training is reviewed including a...

  9. Loading horses (Equus caballus) onto trailers—Behaviour of horses and horse owners during loading and habituating

    Contributor(s):: Yngvesson, Jenny, de Boussard, Emelie, Larsson, Matilda, Lundberg, Anna

    Horses are transported for many reasons, and loading habituation is potentially affecting animal welfare and human safety. Horses are neophobic but may be habituated and trained to perform complex behavioural tasks in novel environments. Before transporting, horses should preferably be habituated...

  10. Attenuation of fear through social transmission in groups of same and differently aged horses

    Contributor(s):: Rørvang, Maria Vilain, Christensen, Janne Winther

    Transmission of fear and attenuation of fear within groups of farm animals remain relatively unexplored, despite the importance for human and animal safety. This paper reports the results of two separate experiments, aiming to explore social transmission of habituation in horses at group level....

  11. "A Super Wild Story": Shared Human-Pigeon Lives and the Questions They Beg

    Contributor(s):: Rautio, Pauliina

  12. Wildlife viewing and ecotourism : ethical, scientific, and value-based considerations

    Contributor(s):: Anton D. Pitts

    Management of wildlife viewing tourism, possibly as a legacy of management of hunting and trapping activities, tends to see its ultimate goal largely in terms of the sustainable human use of wildlife resources. However, where the potential impacts of human activities are non-lethal, the focus on...

  13. American black bear-apiary conflicts in Michigan

    Contributor(s):: McKinley, Beverly K., Belant, Jerrold L., Etter, Dwayne R.

  14. Generational habituation and current bald eagle populations

    Contributor(s):: Guinn, Jeremy E.

  15. Shared Responsibility in a Multi-Species Playground

    Contributor(s):: Baynes-Rock, Marcus

  16. Behavioral responses of gorillas to habituation in the Dzanga-Ndoki National Park, Central African Republic

    Contributor(s):: Blom, Allard

  17. Ranging patterns of a western gorilla group during habituation to humans in the Dzanga-Ndoki National Park, Central African Republic

    Contributor(s):: Cipolletta, C.

  18. Understanding the Nature of Interactions Between Visitors and Mountain Goats (Oreamnos americanus) on the Hidden Lake Trail, Glacier National Park

    Contributor(s):: Sarah Ilene Markegard

    This study examined interactions between visitors and mountain goats on the most heavily used trail in Glacier National Park. The primary objective was to give park managers a baseline of unbiased, reliable data with which to make informed decisions and improve the quality of interactions between...

  19. Aggressive body language of bears and wildlife viewing: a response to Geist (2011)

    Contributor(s):: Stringham, S. F.

  20. Does diversionary feeding create nuisance bears and jeopardize public safety?

    Contributor(s):: Rogers, L. L.