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Beteendestudier och miljöberikning av gnagare
Dalarna University, School of Education and Humanities, Biology.
2004 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor)Student thesis
Abstract [sv]

It is often challenging to create a new enrichment program for any animal. This is especially true with the additional challenge that I wanted to use only naturalistic enrichment, and I’m working with animals some of which are nocturnal. Even with a many hurdles, a little bit of enrichment can do a big difference and make a big difference in activity levels of the animals. Eskilstuna parkens zoo have a house called the MUSeum housing four kinds of rodents. Rodents are generally much more active at night and spend much of the day sleeping out of sight of the public. One of the goals of starting an enrichment program was to increase the animal’s activity throughout the day to provide an improved guest experience. Many of the guests would stop briefly at the exhibit only seeing the empty exhibit, unaware of that there were animals there. Before starting an enrichment program, I wanted to determine how the rodent was spending their time. By observing the animals’ behaviour for 15 minutes a day at various times throughout the day, for a total of 15 observations, I was able to construct an activity budget for their behaviour. The results obtained were, as expected, that the rodents spent a lot of time resting. By enrichment both with food and the temperature we were able to take the activity to another level, and several new behaviours were observed.

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2004.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-1546OAI: oai:dalea.du.se:1546DiVA: diva2:517933
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Life Earth Science
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Available from: 2005-11-22 Created: 2005-11-22 Last updated: 2012-04-24Bibliographically approved

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