Remote monitoring of the behaviour and activity of captive southern hairy-nosed wombats (Lasiorhinus latifroms)

Hogan, Lindsay A., Phillips, Clive J. C., Lisle, Allan, Horsup, Alan B., Janssen, Tina and Johnston, Stephen D. (2009) Remote monitoring of the behaviour and activity of captive southern hairy-nosed wombats (Lasiorhinus latifroms). Australian Mammalogy, 31 2: 123-135. doi:10.1071/AM09023


Author Hogan, Lindsay A.
Phillips, Clive J. C.
Lisle, Allan
Horsup, Alan B.
Janssen, Tina
Johnston, Stephen D.
Title Remote monitoring of the behaviour and activity of captive southern hairy-nosed wombats (Lasiorhinus latifroms)
Formatted title
Remote monitoring of the behaviour and activity of captive southern hairy-nosed wombats (Lasiorhinus latifroms)
Journal name Australian Mammalogy   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0310-0049
1836-7402
Publication date 2009-11-12
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1071/AM09023
Volume 31
Issue 2
Start page 123
End page 135
Total pages 13
Editor Bill Holsworth
Place of publication Collingwood, VIC, Australia
Publisher C S I R O Publishing
Collection year 2010
Language eng
Subject C1
969999 Environment not elsewhere classified
060803 Animal Developmental and Reproductive Biology
Formatted abstract
The nocturnal nature of wombats makes it difficult to learn about their behavioural ecology and activity rhythms in the wild. A facility was established at Rockhampton Zoo to house 12 adult southern hairy-nosed wombats in order to monitor their behaviour by means of video surveillance and provide detailed information on their activity patterns using movement-sensitive radio-transmitters. After one year of monitoring it was established that the wombats spent, on average, as a proportion of total time 69.9% sleeping, 8.8% lying resting, 5.2% feeding, 5.2% exploring, 4.3% performing stereotyped behaviour, 2.5% sitting resting and 4.1% in other activities. Feeding, lying resting and sleeping varied with season by ~5%. Temporal patterns were bimodal for 8 of the 12 behaviours described, with most ‘active’ behaviours being expressed between 1800 and 2000 hours and 0200 and 0500 hours. The activity pattern was characterised by a strong circadian rhythm, with most activity occurring nocturnally. Within active periods there was an alternating rhythm of active
and rest periods and activity peaks at the beginning and end of each night. Comprehensive and reliable information on the behavioural ecology, as well as captive management, of southern hairy-nosed wombats was obtained from the remote video and radio-transmitter recordings.
Keyword digital videoo surveillance
marsupial
radio telemetry
time budgets
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: 2010 Higher Education Research Data Collection
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