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Environmental Enrichment for a Captive Asian Black Leopard, Panthera pardus

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Material Information

Title: Environmental Enrichment for a Captive Asian Black Leopard, Panthera pardus
Physical Description: Book
Language: English
Creator: Rich-Zeisler, Jessica Jade
Publisher: New College of Florida
Place of Publication: Sarasota, Fla.
Creation Date: 2004
Publication Date: 2004

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords: Environmental Enrichment
Black Leopard
Zoo
Captive Animal
Jungle Gardens
Genre: bibliography   ( marcgt )
theses   ( marcgt )
government publication (state, provincial, terriorial, dependent)   ( marcgt )
born-digital   ( sobekcm )
Electronic Thesis or Dissertation

Notes

Abstract: For educational and/or conservational purposes, laboratories, zoos, and wildlife parks keep animals. In this paper I investigate the measures taken to improve the captive lives of animals. The observational study designed around this topic takes place at a local zoo. The objective was to study the captive leopard housed on the premises of Jungle Gardens Zoological Park (see Abstract for location). As is true of many captive animals, the leopard had been showing abnormal or maladaptive behaviors that are usually taken as signs of stress to a captive environment. I hoped to assess the effectiveness of different means to alleviate stressful conditions and reduce abnormal behavior. The roles of zoos are evolving from sites purely for entertainment, often at an animal's expense, to institutions concerned with both the physical and the psychological welfare of their animals with an emphasis on education over recreation. For this thesis, I designed a study on the effectiveness of enrichment for this particular captive leopard (cover page image). My question was, will environmental enrichment eliminate or at least reduce the stereotypic pacing behavior found most often during the hour of 3:00-4:00 p.m. in this Asian black leopard? The measurement for success was the reduction of this abnormal behavior. My hypothesis for this experiment was that environmental enrichment would significantly reduce pacing behavior in the leopard. After three treatments of varied environmental enrichment devices, pacing behavior significantly reduced.
Statement of Responsibility: by Jessica Jade Rich-Zeisler
Thesis: Thesis (B.A.) -- New College of Florida, 2004
Electronic Access: RESTRICTED TO NCF STUDENTS, STAFF, FACULTY, AND ON-CAMPUS USE
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references.
Source of Description: This bibliographic record is available under the Creative Commons CC0 public domain dedication. The New College of Florida, as creator of this bibliographic record, has waived all rights to it worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law.
Local: Faculty Sponsor: Beulig, Alfred

Record Information

Source Institution: New College of Florida
Holding Location: New College of Florida
Rights Management: Applicable rights reserved.
Classification: local - S.T. 2004 R49
System ID: NCFE003435:00001

Permanent Link: http://ncf.sobek.ufl.edu/NCFE003435/00001

Material Information

Title: Environmental Enrichment for a Captive Asian Black Leopard, Panthera pardus
Physical Description: Book
Language: English
Creator: Rich-Zeisler, Jessica Jade
Publisher: New College of Florida
Place of Publication: Sarasota, Fla.
Creation Date: 2004
Publication Date: 2004

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords: Environmental Enrichment
Black Leopard
Zoo
Captive Animal
Jungle Gardens
Genre: bibliography   ( marcgt )
theses   ( marcgt )
government publication (state, provincial, terriorial, dependent)   ( marcgt )
born-digital   ( sobekcm )
Electronic Thesis or Dissertation

Notes

Abstract: For educational and/or conservational purposes, laboratories, zoos, and wildlife parks keep animals. In this paper I investigate the measures taken to improve the captive lives of animals. The observational study designed around this topic takes place at a local zoo. The objective was to study the captive leopard housed on the premises of Jungle Gardens Zoological Park (see Abstract for location). As is true of many captive animals, the leopard had been showing abnormal or maladaptive behaviors that are usually taken as signs of stress to a captive environment. I hoped to assess the effectiveness of different means to alleviate stressful conditions and reduce abnormal behavior. The roles of zoos are evolving from sites purely for entertainment, often at an animal's expense, to institutions concerned with both the physical and the psychological welfare of their animals with an emphasis on education over recreation. For this thesis, I designed a study on the effectiveness of enrichment for this particular captive leopard (cover page image). My question was, will environmental enrichment eliminate or at least reduce the stereotypic pacing behavior found most often during the hour of 3:00-4:00 p.m. in this Asian black leopard? The measurement for success was the reduction of this abnormal behavior. My hypothesis for this experiment was that environmental enrichment would significantly reduce pacing behavior in the leopard. After three treatments of varied environmental enrichment devices, pacing behavior significantly reduced.
Statement of Responsibility: by Jessica Jade Rich-Zeisler
Thesis: Thesis (B.A.) -- New College of Florida, 2004
Electronic Access: RESTRICTED TO NCF STUDENTS, STAFF, FACULTY, AND ON-CAMPUS USE
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references.
Source of Description: This bibliographic record is available under the Creative Commons CC0 public domain dedication. The New College of Florida, as creator of this bibliographic record, has waived all rights to it worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law.
Local: Faculty Sponsor: Beulig, Alfred

Record Information

Source Institution: New College of Florida
Holding Location: New College of Florida
Rights Management: Applicable rights reserved.
Classification: local - S.T. 2004 R49
System ID: NCFE003435:00001

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