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Lindau, Blenda, 2022. Besökarpåverkan hos lodjur (Lynx lynx) på djurpark. First cycle, G2E. Uppsala: SLU, Dept. of Animal Environment and Health (until 231231)



Zoo visitors can affect captive animals in a negative, neutral or positive way. To achieve great
welfare for the animals we need a better understanding of how visitors influence their behaviours.
The Eurasian lynx (Lynx lynx) is not as studied as other Felidae and there is a lack of knowledge on
how to manage stereotypies, such as pacing. This study analysed the behaviours of three captive
lynx: a mother and her two one year old cubs, regarding visitor effect. Their enclosure was divided
into three zones and the behaviours categorised into active and inactive behaviours. The study
monitored the lynxes over nine days with a focal observation on all three animals simultaneously,
and the behaviours were registered with instantaneous sampling each minute during a total of 268
minutes. The lynxes spent most of their time laying down, walking and sleeping, and the mother
spent a quarter of her time pacing. The results also indicate no difference in active or inactive
behaviours regarding visitor numbers. They spent most of their time in the zone furthest away from
visitors, but also more time in the zone closest to visitors when there were many people around the
enclosure. The lynxes were also more visible with many visitors in sight. Their choosing for what
zone to be in is most likely related to preference and what resources, like resting places, that exist
there. There also seemed to be individual differences in how the animals were affected by visitors,
since one of the cubs tended to stay further in the enclosure. Regarding the stereotypies, further
research is needed to determine how to help lynxes and other Felidae to improve their welfare in a
captive environment.

Main title:Besökarpåverkan hos lodjur (Lynx lynx) på djurpark
Authors:Lindau, Blenda
Supervisor:Low, Matthew
Examiner:Lundin, Lisa
Volume/Sequential designation:UNSPECIFIED
Year of Publication:2022
Level and depth descriptor:First cycle, G2E
Student's programme affiliation:VK006 Companion and Sports Animals - Bachelor's Programme, 180.0hp
Supervising department:(VH) > Dept. of Animal Environment and Health (until 231231)
Keywords:besökarpåverkan, lodjur, stereotypier, djurvälfärd, hägnutnyttjande
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Subject. Use of subject categories until 2023-04-30.:Nature conservation and land resources
Deposited On:02 May 2023 07:25
Metadata Last Modified:03 May 2023 01:01

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