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  Feeding enrichment by self-operated food boxes for white-fronted lemurs (Eulemur fulvus albifrons) in the Masoala exhibit of the Zurich Zoo

Sommerfeld, R., Bauert, M., Hillmann, E., & Stauffacher, M. (2006). Feeding enrichment by self-operated food boxes for white-fronted lemurs (Eulemur fulvus albifrons) in the Masoala exhibit of the Zurich Zoo. Zoo Biology, 25(2), 145-154. doi:10.1002/zoo.20082.

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Sommerfeld, Ralf1, Author              
Bauert, Martin, Author
Hillmann, Edna, Author
Stauffacher, Markus, Author
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1Department Evolutionary Ecology, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, Max Planck Society, ou_1445634              

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Free keywords: enrichment; food boxes; Eulemur fulvus albifrons; white-fronted lemurs; Zurich Zoo
 Abstract: In the new Masoala exhibit of the Zurich Zoo four self-operated food boxes were installed to encourage arboreal behavior and higher activity levels, and to increase the attractiveness to visitors of a group of three white-fronted lemurs (Eulemur fulvus albifrons) and one Alaotran gentle lemur (Hapalemur griseus alaotrensis). Data obtained by direct observations with and without food boxes present were compared. In addition, visitors were surveyed to investigate attractiveness of the lemurs. Overall activity and locomotor behavior increased due to food box presentation. Furthermore, the visitor survey documented that the lemurs were spotted more often in trees when the food boxes were present. Because behavior patterns of the subjects approached natural levels with food boxes, the presentation of self-operated food boxes seems a valuable tool to improve the captive environment of lemurs.

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Language(s): eng - English
 Dates: 2006-04
 Publication Status: Published in print
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 Identifiers: eDoc: 281046
DOI: 10.1002/zoo.20082
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Title: Zoo Biology
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Pages: - Volume / Issue: 25 (2) Sequence Number: - Start / End Page: 145 - 154 Identifier: ISSN: 0733-3188