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The Preliminary Study of the Impact of Different Enrichment on the Behavior of Captive Adult Mandrill
Author of the article: XIONG Bo, Jiang Le, SHI Yu-jie, WANG Jing-jing, XU Shu-zhen, KANG Hui
Author's Workplace: (Chengdu Institute of Wild Animals, Chengdu Zoo, Chengdu 610081, China)
Key Words:mandrill; enrichment; behavior; captive animals

This essay reported the experiment on eight adult captive mandrills in Chengdu Zoo which were influenced by 3 kinds of food enrichment, 2 kinds of environmental enrichment and 5 kinds of combination respectively. The aim of the experimentation is to examine the effect of different forms of the enrichment on captive mandrill behaviors. The results showed that, after the first period of the enrichment (B), the mandrill’s rest behavior, exercise behavior and play behavior increased very significantly (P<0.01), while interaction behavior, foraging behavior as well as resting behavior reduced dramatically (P<0.01); the second period of enrichment (D), communicative behavior increased significantly, sports behavior, foraging behavior and play behavior increased very rapidly. The mandrill contacted on pure tire enrichment was the minimum, yet, contact appeared more often on food enrichment. Single by tire enrichment or by sacks and tire enrichment only worked for a very short duration, in other enrichments, we discover this phenomenon that the mandrill loses interest would occur on the eighth day. Therefore, we advised that the lasting use time for enrichment be restricted within eight days.

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