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Use of space in captive Siberian tigers
Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Biology. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
2012 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10,5 credits / 16 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Empirical measurements of the use of space of an enclosure are important indicators of the enclosure’s appropriateness for the exhibited animal. By studying the animal’s use of space zoological parks are able to provide a more species-adequate environment. In this study the utilization of space by the Siberian tigers held at Kolmården Djurpark was analyzed. Data were collected using the scan sample method for a total of 120 observation hours during 15 days. The tigers showed a marked difference in the utilization of different parts of the enclosure with the number of observations ranging from 1252 for the most popular zone to only 172 for the least popular one. The tigers showed a consistent preference for two of the 15 zones across all days of observation. Further analyses showed that these zones were preferred both during mornings and afternoons as well as during feeding days and non-feeding days. This study demonstrates that the tigers might display a preference for certain environmental features as a result of their behavioral needs that are no different from tigers in the wild. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 20 p.
Keyword [en]
Felids, Siberian tigers, Panthera tigris altaica, space use, captive, zoological park.
National Category
Behavioral Sciences Biology
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-79071ISRN: LiTH-IFM-G-Ex--12/2669--SEOAI: diva2:538183
Subject / course
2012-06-01, 10:00 (English)
Agriculture, Veterinary Medicine, Forestry
Available from: 2012-08-09 Created: 2012-06-28 Last updated: 2012-08-09Bibliographically approved

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