The potential for microchip-automated technology to improve enrichment practices

Hoy, J. M., Murray, P. J. and Tribe, A. (2010) The potential for microchip-automated technology to improve enrichment practices. Zoo Biology, 29 5: 586-599. doi:10.1002/zoo.20296


Author Hoy, J. M.
Murray, P. J.
Tribe, A.
Title The potential for microchip-automated technology to improve enrichment practices
Journal name Zoo Biology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0733-3188
1098-2361
Publication date 2010-09
Year available 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1002/zoo.20296
Volume 29
Issue 5
Start page 586
End page 599
Total pages 14
Place of publication Hoboken, NJ, United States
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Formatted abstract
The greatest limitation involved with providing enrichment and evaluating its effects on captive mammals is a lack of available staff time [Hoy et al., 2009]. One method to overcome this is through the use of automated husbandry systems to dispense enrichment to individual animals by using implantable radio frequency microchips.

An international multi-institutional survey was conducted to determine whether the personnel involved with management, research, and husbandry of captive mammals would support the development of such automated husbandry systems. The survey was also designed to establish which applications of the system would be considered to be most beneficial.

Overall, there was a very high level of interest by survey respondents in adopting automated husbandry systems and all potential applications were considered beneficial to varying degrees. These results, together with the relatively low cost of installation and operation, demonstrate that in the future automated enrichment could be an important and effective means of enhancing captive animal management. © 2009 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
Keyword Automation
Captivity
Enrichment
Mammals
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Available online 18 December 2009

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: 2010 Higher Education Research Data Collection
School of Agriculture and Food Sciences
 
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