The state of primate enrichment in Australasian zoos

Hoy, Julia, Murray, Peter and Tribe, Andrew (2007). The state of primate enrichment in Australasian zoos. In: , Abstracts of the 25th Annual Conference of the Australasian Primate Society. The 25th Annual Conference of the Australasian Primate Society, Brisbane, Australia, (9-9). 9-11 March 2007.

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Author Hoy, Julia
Murray, Peter
Tribe, Andrew
Title of paper The state of primate enrichment in Australasian zoos
Conference name The 25th Annual Conference of the Australasian Primate Society
Conference location Brisbane, Australia
Conference dates 9-11 March 2007
Convener Emma Collier-Baker; Julia Hoy; Andrew Hill
Proceedings title Abstracts of the 25th Annual Conference of the Australasian Primate Society
Place of Publication Traralgon, Vic., Australia
Publisher Australasian Primate Society
Publication Year 2007
Sub-type Published abstract
Start page 9
End page 9
Total pages 1
Language eng
Abstract/Summary Eleven Australasian zoos housing primates were included in a large international ‘captive mammal enrichment survey’. Individuals who directly work with, research and manage captive mammals were invited to participate in the survey which was comprised of three sections. The first section was designed to identify current enrichment practices and the factors that limit the quality and quantity of enrichment provided to captive mammals. The aim of the second section was to ascertain current methods used in the evaluation of enrichment and establish the factors that limit the frequency and quality of this evaluation. A third section was incorporated in the survey to determine respondents’ interest in potential applications of an automated enrichment system which is currently being designed to reduce many of the current limitations involved with implementing and evaluating enrichment. As expected, animals from the Primate order were most often provided with enrichment. However, the survey identified that lack of available staff time was the greatest factor limiting both the provision and evaluation of enrichment. Accordingly, the majority of survey respondents agreed that more enrichment would be provided if this was manageable. Overall, there was a very high level of interest from Australasian respondents in the applications of an automated enrichment system as a tool to provide and evaluate a greater quantity, variety and frequency of enrichment for captive mammals without requiring additional staff time.
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