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Andersson, Yrsa, 2011. Portrayal of animal communication in wildlife documentary. First cycle, G2E. Skara: SLU, Dept. of Animal Environment and Health

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Many people turn to documentaries for knowledge about animals, but do documentaries give us a truthful portrayal of animals and their behavior? This study looks at how the communication behavior of the portrayed animals is depicted in three episodes of The Life of Mammals. These episodes were observed after which the contents were compared to scientific literature on the same topics. The results show that quite little communication is actually shown in the episodes about plant predators and meat eaters and relatively much of it is shown in the episode named Social Climbers, involving primates. The matching literature suggests that based on the narrative and the accompanying footage, the viewer is getting a realistic picture, with the exception of a few questionable cases.

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Många vänder sig till dokumentärer för att lära sig om djur, men ger dokumentärer en sanningsenlig bild av djuren och deras beteenden? Detta arbete tittar på hur djurs kommunikation framställs i tre avsnitt av dokumentärserien The Life of Mammals. Efter att avsnitten observerats jämfördes innehållet med vetenskaplig litteratur om samma ämne. Resultaten visar att tämligen lite kommunikation visas i avsnitten om växt- och köttätare och att relativt mycket visas i avsnittet om apor. Den matchande litteraturen pekar på att baserat på berättandet och de åtföljande bilderna får tittaren med några tvivelaktiga undantag en realistisk bild av djurens kommunikation.

Main title:Portrayal of animal communication in wildlife documentary
Authors:Andersson, Yrsa
Supervisor:Isaksson, Daniel
Examiner:Loberg, Jenny
Series:Studentarbete (Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet, Institutionen för husdjurens miljö och hälsa)
Volume/Sequential designation:376
Year of Publication:2011
Level and depth descriptor:First cycle, G2E
Student's programme affiliation:EODKP Ethology and Animal Welfare Programme 180 HEC
Department:(VH) > Dept. of Animal Environment and Health
Keywords:wildlife documentaries, behavior, communication
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-s-375
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-s-375
Language:English
Deposited On:27 Jun 2011 08:54
Metadata Last Modified:20 Apr 2012 14:20

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