The Effects Of Naturalistic Housing In Zoos

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The goal of this project is to examine the effects of naturalistic housing in Zoos such as the Louisville Zoo and how it affects them in cognitive activity. The increasing need of Zoos providing naturalistic housing for such animals is a necessity to prevent failure to thrive. Observations on primates in these naturalistic housings and use of cognitive activates can provide a captivating understanding on the species and select individuals.
Visit and Observation
This researcher went to the Louisville Zoo on November 6, 2015 to visit and observe the Gorilla Sanctuary. Upon arrival I noticed that the gorillas had access to indoor day rooms and outdoor fields. With the setup of the housing you have several observation points to view the gorillas.
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She gave a window into understanding primates and helped develop the field of primatology. With the use of naturalistic housing we are given the opportunity to observe primate societies that are long lasting, complex and diverse. From the book Our Origins by: Clark Spencer Larsen we find that primate relationships thrive through each other. They are diverse because of the various social relationships that are for the long term, also, there is found ranking in the societies that are organize. The study: Harry Harlow’s Insight from Primate Behavior found in Our Origins was about an infant Rhesus Macaque that was motherless, the goal of the scientists was to feed the infant and also see how it developed. The experiment involved metal surrogate mother with a bottle and a metal surrogate mother with fur and looked more like the infant. The infant kept going to the surrogate who looked more like its own, something natural. Overall, this experts states that the offspring preferred natural feel over just food. This is extremely helpful with helping develop housing for nonhuman primates.
Successfully, through the use of naturalistic housing at the Louisville Zoo it is easy to see nonhuman primate relation to each other and understand the ranking order. By experimenting and changing up the housing to a more softer and naturalistic look and feel gives the primates a similar home that would be more
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Seeking problem solving activities in captivity to allow nonhuman primates to grow and learn. Observations of the groups gave face to behavioral interaction, such as lip-smacking is an aggressive form if interaction and was found that with more activity and more development less aggressive behavior is shown among the group. Negative behaviors as “Self-grooming is also among the self-directed behaviors which have been described to be an indicator of stress.”(Whitehouse, 2013) These negative behaviors were decreased from the possible effects of activities. A positive behavior that has been in enhanced by actives is grooming; the nonhuman primates with more activity displayed more care among the group for one another. This is extremely important because at the Louisville Zoo the staff of the Gorilla Sanctuary gives cognitive activities and opportunities for the nonhuman primates to learn, develop, and grow as a group. From the slotted box I mentioned in Visit and Observations gave light to the nonhuman primate welfare being taken care of and you could see through their behavior before, during, and after the activity that there was improvement in group

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