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Environmental enrichment effect on fecal glucocorticoid metabolites and captive maned wolf (chrysocyon brachyurus) behavior

Coelho, CM, de Azevedo, CS, Guimarães, M and Young, RJ 2016, 'Environmental enrichment effect on fecal glucocorticoid metabolites and captive maned wolf (chrysocyon brachyurus) behavior' , Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science , pp. 1-10.

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Abstract

Environmental enrichment is a technique that may reduce the stress of nonhuman animals in captivity. Stress may interfere with normal behavioral expression and affect cognitive decision making. Noninvasive hormonal studies can provide important information about the stress statuses of animals. This study evaluated the effectiveness of different environmental enrichment treatments in the diminution of fecal glucocorticoid metabolites (stress indicators) of three captive maned wolves (Chrysocyon brachyurus). Correlations of the fecal glucocorticoid metabolite levels with expressed behaviors were also determined. Results showed that environmental enrichment reduced fecal glucocorticoid metabolite levels. Furthermore, interspecific and foraging enrichment items were most effective in reducing stress in two of the three wolves. No definite pattern was found between behavioral and physiological responses to stress. In conclusion, these behavioral and physiological data showed that maned wolves responded positively from an animal well being perspective to the enrichment items presented.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Environment and Life Sciences > Ecosystems and Environment Research Centre
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1088-8705
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Funders: CEMIG, FAPEMIG, CNPq
Depositing User: Professor Robert Young
Date Deposited: 13 Apr 2016 10:49
Last Modified: 13 Apr 2016 10:49
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/38735

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