The effects of personality of keepers and tigers (Panthera tigris tigris) on their behaviour in an interactive zoo exhibit

Phillips, Clive and Peck, Danica (2007). The effects of personality of keepers and tigers (Panthera tigris tigris) on their behaviour in an interactive zoo exhibit. In: Victoria Sandilands and Carol Petherick, Applied Animal Behaviour Science. 39th International Congress of the International Society for Applied Ethology, Kanagawa, Japan, (244-258). 20-24 August, 2005. doi:10.1016/j.applanim.2007.01.007


Author Phillips, Clive
Peck, Danica
Title of paper The effects of personality of keepers and tigers (Panthera tigris tigris) on their behaviour in an interactive zoo exhibit
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The effects of personality of keepers and tigers (Panthera tigris tigris) on their behaviour in an interactive zoo exhibit
Conference name 39th International Congress of the International Society for Applied Ethology
Conference location Kanagawa, Japan
Conference dates 20-24 August, 2005
Proceedings title Applied Animal Behaviour Science   Check publisher's open access policy
Journal name Applied Animal Behaviour Science   Check publisher's open access policy
Place of Publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier
Publication Year 2007
Sub-type Fully published paper
DOI 10.1016/j.applanim.2007.01.007
ISSN 0168-1591
Editor Victoria Sandilands
Carol Petherick
Volume 106
Issue 4
Start page 244
End page 258
Total pages 15
Collection year 2008
Language eng
Abstract/Summary Personalities can be determined for individual animals from their distinctive patterns of behaviour, providing that they are consistent across time and situations. Although there have been no previous studies of the role of personality in keeper:tiger interactions in zoos/wildlife parks, previous research has determined that cat personality can be reliably assessed from their attributed feelings in social interactions. We asked tiger keepers to rate the personality of their tigers from a list of adjectives, and they consistently used terms relating to three domains representing extroversion, agreeableness and youthfulness. These did not correlate well with simple records of tiger behaviour taken over a short period of time. However, self assessed keeper personalities correlated well with keeper behaviour during interactions with the tigers, which mainly involved intercepting fighting tigers, clapping their hands to elicit a change in behaviour and pushing them to make them move. It is concluded that keeper, but not tiger, personality has strong connections to the interactive behaviour between the two in an interactive zoo exhibit. (c) 2007 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Subjects C1
300404 Animal Husbandry
630104 Dairy cattle
070203 Animal Management
070207 Humane Animal Treatment
070201 Animal Breeding
0702 Animal Production
060801 Animal Behaviour
Keyword Agriculture, Dairy & Animal Science
Behavioral Sciences
Veterinary Sciences
tiger
Panthera tigris tigris
personality
keeper
Domestic Cats
Individual Distinctiveness
Home-environment
Temperament
Dimensions
Animals
Humans
Methodology
Macaques
Gorilla
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Additional Notes Proceedings title: "International Society for Applied Ethology Special Issue A Selection of Papers from the 39th International Congress of the International Society for Applied Ethology (ISAE), Tokyo, Japan, August 2005 "

 
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