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  1. A tail of two monkeys: social housing for nonhuman primates in the research laboratory setting

    Contributor(s):: Seelig, D.

    Despite great adaptability, most nonhuman primates require regular tactile contact with conspecifics for their psychological well being. By illustrating the inherent value of social contact and by providing clues to the best ways of satisfying this need, behavioral studies are useful in designing...

  2. Environmental enrichment alters the behavioral profile of ratsnakes ( Elaphe )

    Contributor(s):: Almli, L. M., Burghardt, G. M.

    This study investigated the effects of environmentally enriched and standard laboratory housing conditions on behavioral performance in 16 subadult ratsnakes (Elaphe obsoleta) using a split-clutch design. In a problem-solving task, snakes housed in enriched environments (EC) exhibited shorter...

  3. Primate behavior studies: essential to primate welfare. Proceedings of the special Animal Behavior Society session, 2006

    Contributor(s):: Koch, V. W.

    This special issue contains 8 papers and 3 commentaries on the association between understanding nonhuman primate behaviour and providing for nonhuman primate welfare. The topics of the papers include: welfare of apes in captive environments; social housing for nonhuman primates in the research...

  4. The influence of the location of a nest box in an individually ventilated cage on the preference of mice to use it

    Contributor(s):: Kostomitsopoulos, N. G., Paronis, E., Alexakos, P., Balafas, E., Loo, P. van, Baumans, V.

    The improvement of housing conditions for mice by using environmental enrichment materials is of high concern for the scientific community. Plastic, autoclavable nest boxes are commercially available and ready to use for specific cases such as in individually ventilated cages, metabolic cages, or...

  5. Minimizing harm in agricultural animal experiments in New Zealand

    Contributor(s):: Morris, M. C., Weaver, S. A.

    Intrusive agricultural experiments published in New Zealand in the last five years (from 1996-2002) are reviewed in terms of the degree of animal suffering involved, and the necessity for this suffering in relation to research findings. When measured against animal welfare criteria of the...

  6. Frequency of feeding enrichment and response of laboratory nonhuman primates to unfamiliar people

    Contributor(s):: Baker, K. C., Springer, D. A.

    Although environmental enhancement plans for nonhuman primates vary between facilities, feeding enrichment represents a component of most programs. As part of a facility's feeding enrichment program, offering hand-fed food items by trained staff provides an opportunity for positive human...

  7. More than numbers matter: the effect of social factors on behaviour and welfare of laboratory rodents and non-human primates. (Special issue: Too many, too few: the effects of group size and density in captive animals.)

    Contributor(s):: Olsson, I. A. S., Westlund, K.

    With the development of laboratory animal science, increasing attention has been given to the possible influence of housing and husbandry on the behaviour and welfare of laboratory animals as well as on the scientific integrity. With the present paper, we aim to contribute to this knowledge by...

  8. Modifying the behaviour of singly caged baboons: evaluating the effectiveness of four enrichment techniques

    Contributor(s):: Bourgeois, S. R., Brent, L.

    Techniques to reduce or prevent behavioural disturbances in singly caged primates vary in form and effectiveness, with some behaviours being exceptionally resistant to treatment. Seven singly caged adolescent male olive hybrid baboons (Papio hamadryas anubis) were selected for behavioural...