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Zoology

2014

Animal Science

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Behavioral Response To A Novel “X” Shape Target Stimuli In A Harbor Seal, Johanna F. Sholar, Anna K. Johnson, Keiko Sampson, Chad Comer, Kevin Drees Jan 2014

Behavioral Response To A Novel “X” Shape Target Stimuli In A Harbor Seal, Johanna F. Sholar, Anna K. Johnson, Keiko Sampson, Chad Comer, Kevin Drees

Animal Industry Report

The objective of this study was to provide an environmental enrichment device (shape target) to determine if it improved the Harbor Seal’s visibility in the underwater viewing windows when housed at the Blank Park Zoo. One male harbor seal (Phoca vitulina) 3-years of age weighing 39 kg was used. Testing occurred Saturday through Tuesday over 6 consecutive weeks between 1300 and 1330 h. Live observations were collected continuously by one observer. Latency, frequency, and duration were measured. All data is presented descriptively. During baseline the Seal had no interest in the window. Upon presenting the “X” target, he approached ...


Inclusion Of Fresh Pork Pancreas In Raw Pork Meat-Based Diets For African Wildcats (Felis Silvestris Tristrami) Does Not Impact Macronutrient Digestibility, Cheryl L. Morris, Kelly Kappen Jan 2014

Inclusion Of Fresh Pork Pancreas In Raw Pork Meat-Based Diets For African Wildcats (Felis Silvestris Tristrami) Does Not Impact Macronutrient Digestibility, Cheryl L. Morris, Kelly Kappen

Animal Industry Report

Apparent total tract macronutrient digestibility was evaluated in 4 African wildcats (Felis silvestris tristrami) fed beef or pork-based raw meat diets. Diets were formulated to meet nutrient requirements of cats (NRC, 2006). Cats were fed isocaloric amounts of either control (standard beef raw diet) or pork-based raw diets containing 0, 3, or 5% added raw pancreas, in four 14-day periods. Protein digestibility was higher for pork diets compared with beef and inclusion up to 5% fresh pancreas did not increase macronutrient digestibility in healthy animals. Raw pork can be fed to exotic felids as a viable alternative to standard beef-based ...