Leveraging Social Learning to Enhance Captive Animal Care and Welfare

  title={Leveraging Social Learning to Enhance Captive Animal Care and Welfare},
  author={Lydia M. Hopper},
  journal={Journal of Zoological and Botanical Gardens},
  • Lydia M. Hopper
  • Published 25 February 2021
  • Psychology
  • Journal of Zoological and Botanical Gardens
From ants to zebras, animals are influenced by the behavior of others. At the simplest level, social support can reduce neophobia, increasing animals’ exploration of novel spaces, foods, and other environmental stimuli. Animals can also learn new skills more quickly and more readily after observing others perform them. How then can we apply animals’ proclivity to socially learn to enhance their care and welfare in captive settings? Here, I review the ways in which animals (selectively) use… 

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