Aims: In this study we assessed the personality and sociality of eight zoo tigers. Place and Duration of the Study: This study was conducted over five months at Le Cornelle Faunistic Park (Valbrembo, BG, Italy). Methodology: A multifaceted approach of observer ratings (rating method) and keeper questionnaires (coding method) was used to produce personality profiles for each tiger. Focal animal behavioural observations allowed the production of time budgets and enclosure usage for each animal. Sociality was measured through Association Index, both for intraspecific (tiger-tiger) and interspecific (keeper-tiger) dyads. Keeper Association Index and eventual tiger affiliative behavior towards keepers was measured during indoor interactions in the morning and in the evening at lock up and feeding times. Results: All the results outlined a distinct personality in each animal, different levels of intraspecific sociality and affiliative behavior towards each keeper. Conclusions: We advocate that this deeper understanding of each animalâs personality and behavior can offer practical help to zoological institutions to facilitate daily husbandry, animal welfare, tailor training or enrichment and ultimately increase reproductive success.
Personality and sociality in captive tigers (Panthera tigris) / G. Quintavalle Pastorino, F. Paini, C.L. Williams, M. Faustini, S.M. Mazzola. - In: ANNUAL RESEARCH & REVIEW IN BIOLOGY. - ISSN 2347-565X. - 21:2(2017), pp. ARRB.38122.1-ARRB.38122.17.
|Titolo:||Personality and sociality in captive tigers (Panthera tigris)|
MAZZOLA, SILVIA MICHELA (Corresponding)
|Parole Chiave:||Animal welfare; Panthera tigris; Personality; Tiger; Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology (all); Agricultural and Biological Sciences (all)|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore VET/02 - Fisiologia Veterinaria|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2017|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.9734/ARRB/2017/38122|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|