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  1. How can social network analysis contribute to social behavior research in applied ethology?

    Contributor(s):: Makagon, Maja M., McCowan, Brenda, Mench, Joy A.

    Social network analysis is increasingly used by behavioral ecologists and primatologists to describe the patterns and quality of interactions among individuals. We provide an overview of this methodology, with examples illustrating how it can be used to study social behavior in applied contexts....

  2. The potential of Social Network Analysis as a tool for the management of zoo animals

    Contributor(s):: Rose, P. E., Croft, D. P.

    Social Network Analysis (SNA) enables the fine scale of animal sociality and population structure to be quantified. SNA is widely applied to questions relating to behavioural ecology but has seen little use in the application to zoo animal management, despite its clear potential. Investment in...

  3. Effects of a running wheel-igloo enrichment on aggression, hierarchy linearity, and stereotypy in group-housed male CD-1 (ICR) mice

    | Contributor(s):: Howerton, C. L., Garner, J. P., Mench, J. A.

    Environmental enrichment is an important strategy to improve the welfare of laboratory animals. Running wheels might serve as enrichment devices for laboratory mice, since mice use them extensively when they are provided. However, competition among group-housed mice for such highly preferred...

  4. Low incidence of aggression in large flocks of laying hens

    | Contributor(s):: Hughes, B. O., Carmichael, N. L., Walker, A. W., Grigor, P. N.

    The incidence of agonistic interactions was determined in a free range system with 700 birds and in a perchery system with 10 flocks of 300 birds. In both systems aggressive behaviour and agonistic interactions were infrequent. In the perchery, when the doors between adjacent pens of 300 laying...

  5. Epidemiology of domestic cat behavioral and welfare issues: a survey of Brazilian referral animal hospitals in 2009

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    | Contributor(s):: Souza-Dantas, L. M. de, Soares, G. M., D'Almeida, J. M., Paixao, R. L.

    Few feline behavioral categories, especially concerning their social behavior, have been studied so far. These include: the domestic cat social structure, relationships among individuals and communication among social groups. However, cats have become popular companion animals in many countries...

  6. High-ranking mares of captive plains zebra Equus burchelli have greater reproductive success than low-ranking mares

    | Contributor(s):: Pluhacek, J., Bartos, L., Culik, L.

    Plains zebra live in harems that include one to six adult mares. Between these mares is a strong order of social hierarchy. The social rank of an equid mare is typically correlated with her age. Further, high-ranking captive plains zebra mares produce more surviving offspring than low-ranking...