Relationship between behavioural diversity and faecal glucocorticoid metabolites: a case study with cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus).

  title={Relationship between behavioural diversity and faecal glucocorticoid metabolites: a case study with cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus).},
  author={Lj Miller and Cb Pisacane and G. Vicino},
  journal={Animal Welfare},
The ability to monitor the welfare of animal collections in zoological institutions is critical to the mission of these facilities. Historically, zoos have utilised negative indicators of welfare, such as stereotypic behaviour to examine and monitor collection animals. However, absence of stereotypic behaviour or negative indicators of welfare does not indicate that an animal is thriving. The goal of the current study was to continue efforts to validate behavioural diversity as an indicator of… 

Behavioural Diversity Study in Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) Groups and Its Implications for Welfare Assessments

The study showed the feasibility of this kind of approach for cetaceans under professional care and the relevance to considering this parameter in dolphin welfare studies, despite certain limitations that warrant further research.

Behaviour of Zoo-Housed Red Pandas (Ailurus fulgens): A Case-Study Testing the Behavioural Variety Index

Studying the behavioural variety of red pandas in zoos can be a useful tool for assessing their welfare as well as improving the knowledge on the behavioural repertoire of a species that is difficult to observe in the wild.

Behavioral diversity as a potential positive indicator of animal welfare in bottlenose dolphins

Behavioral diversity was compared to the fecal metabolites of cortisol, aldosterone, and the ratio of cortisol to dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) as well as the stereotypic behavior of route tracing, and there was a significant inverse relationship between behavioral diversity and both fecal cortisol metabolites and route tracing.

Relationships between animal management and habitat characteristics with two potential indicators of welfare for bottlenose dolphins under professional care

Information gained from the current study suggested that animal management techniques may be more important in ensuring good welfare for bottlenose dolphins than focusing on habitat size.

Behaviour of Pottos and Angwantibos

This chapter reviews existing research on social behaviour, mating and parental care, feeding and food acquisition, as well as positional and defensive behaviour in pottos and angwantibos, and highlights their major differences.

Impacts of natural history and exhibit factors on carnivore welfare

Results suggested that generalist species have higher behavioral diversity and offspring production in zoos compared with their specialist counterparts, which has implications for future exhibit design or renovation, as well as management practices and priorities for future research.

Effects of personality and rearing-history on the welfare of captive Asiatic lions (Panthera leo persica)

The results suggest that behavioural welfare indices complemented with individual variations can explain inter-individual differences in behavioural welfare measure outcomes of Asiatic lions and underline the importance of individual-centric, behaviour-based, and multi-dimensional welfare assessment approaches in ex-situ conservation programmes.

Behavioral Diversity as a Potential Indicator of Positive Animal Welfare

A growing body of evidence supports the use of behavioral diversity as a positive indicator of welfare and an inverse relationship with stereotypic behavior as well as fecal glucocorticoid metabolites and is typically higher in situations thought to promote positive welfare.

The use of Qualitative Behavioural Assessment to zoo welfare measurement and animal husbandry change

Article history: Received: 12 Oct 2018 Accepted: 25 Jun 2019 Published online: 31 Oct 2019 Abstract Zoological institutions have come a long way over the past 20 years in their measurement and

Behavioral Assessment of Six Reptile Species during a Temporary Zoo Closure and Reopening

The Catalina Island rattlesnakes (Crotalus catalinensis) demonstrated increased investigation and behavioral diversity after the zoo reopened compared to when the zoo was closed, but the European glass lizards (Pseudopus apodus) showed decreases in the amount of time spent exposed to the observers’ view and in their evenness of space use after the museum was reopened to visitors.