The objective of this study was to evaluate the effects of two forms of environmental enrichment (i.e., two small swinging barrels and a sloped platform) on behavior and adrenocortical activity in ocelots (Leopardus pardalis, n = 2), caracals (Caracal caracal, n = 3) and servals (Leptailurus serval, n = 3) housed in three different same-species enclosures. Twenty minute observations were performed three times a day, four days a week (focal scan sampling every 10 seconds), during four one-week long experimental phases: baseline, introduction of the first enrichment (barrels), addition of the second enrichment (platform), post-enrichment.

Effect of two forms of environmental enrichment on small felids in captivity

LUCARDA, Nazzareno;MACCHI, Elisabetta;PONZIO, Patrizia
2014

Abstract

The objective of this study was to evaluate the effects of two forms of environmental enrichment (i.e., two small swinging barrels and a sloped platform) on behavior and adrenocortical activity in ocelots (Leopardus pardalis, n = 2), caracals (Caracal caracal, n = 3) and servals (Leptailurus serval, n = 3) housed in three different same-species enclosures. Twenty minute observations were performed three times a day, four days a week (focal scan sampling every 10 seconds), during four one-week long experimental phases: baseline, introduction of the first enrichment (barrels), addition of the second enrichment (platform), post-enrichment.
Feline Science Forum
Lincoln, UK
14th July 2014
Proceedings of the 1st Feline Science Forum, 4th Canine Science Forum, Companion Animals – Human Health and Diseases
Elsevier Inc.
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9781860502415
http://www.journalvetbehavior.com/article/S1558-7878%2814%2900151-8/abstract
environmental enrichment; caracal; ocelot; serval; fecal glucocorticoids
Normando S.; Lucarda A. N.; Bono L.; Nai Fovino F.; Macchi E.; Ponzio P.
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