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Aspenström, Sarah, 2018. Zoo animal training – implications for the human-animal relationship, control and motivation : case study training red panda (Ailurus fulgens) for husbandry procedures. First cycle, G2E. Uppsala: SLU, Dept. of Animal Environment and Health (until 231231)



Zoo animals are trained for a lot of different reasons including facilitating husbandry procedures, physical exercise and mental stimulation. Training has also been shown to reduce stereotypies in captive wild animals. Among other factors, two of the most important for zoo animal welfare are the Human-Animal Relationship (HAR) between animal and zookeepers, and an environment that allows behavioural choices. These factors are important for the animal´s perceived level of control of its environment. This study is divided into two parts. First, it aims to investigate trainings implications for the HAR, control and motivation. Second, it also includes a case study of training Red Panda (Ailurus fulgens) for weighing and transporting.

The method used in the study was literature search in databases. The case study aimed to evaluate a training plan for two Red Pandas and also to assess behavioural change throughout the training period.

The results show that training can have positive implications for both the HAR and for the perceived control. The training plan proved functional as a template but may have to be adjusted depending on the individual animal and trainer. The behavioural changes throughout the training period could possibly be due to enhanced HAR, increased control or motivation but which factor, if any of the three, had the most implication could not be concluded.

Main title:Zoo animal training – implications for the human-animal relationship, control and motivation
Subtitle:case study training red panda (Ailurus fulgens) for husbandry procedures
Authors:Aspenström, Sarah
Supervisor:Loberg, Jenny
Examiner:Lundin, Lisa
Series:Studentarbete / Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet, Institutionen för husdjurens miljö och hälsa
Volume/Sequential designation:746
Year of Publication:2018
Level and depth descriptor:First cycle, G2E
Student's programme affiliation:VK002 Ethology and Animal Welfare - Bachelor's Programme 180 HEC
Supervising department:(VH) > Dept. of Animal Environment and Health (until 231231)
Keywords:Animal Training, Positive Reinforcement, Zoo Animal, Zoo Animal Training, Clicker Training, Human Animal Relationship, Intrinsic Motivation, Husbandry Training, Transportation Training, Red Panda, Nordens Ark, Ailurus fulgens, Positive Emotions, Motivation, Control, Weighing Animals
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Subject. Use of subject categories until 2023-04-30.:Animal husbandry
Animal ecology
Deposited On:07 Sep 2018 07:41
Metadata Last Modified:25 Feb 2019 13:37

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