The reduction of abnormal behaviors in individually housed rhesus monkeys ( Macaca mulatta ) with a foraging/grooming board

The reduction of abnormal behaviors in individually housed rhesus monkeys ( Macaca mulatta ) with... A new environmental enrichment device, termed a “foraging/grooming board,” was presented to 8 individually housed rhesus monkeys for the explicit purpose of reducing the level of aberrant behaviors manifested by these animals. The device, consisting of a piece of plexiglass covered with artificial fleece, had particles of food treats rubbed into it and was attached to the outside of each animal's home cage. All animals foraged from the board to the point that a significant reduction in the level of abnormal behavior was noted. Most animals also groomed the fleece covering the board, utilizing the same motor patterns that would be directed toward grooming another monkey. These boards are inexpensive to construct and easy to sanitize, and do not require placing animal facility personnel at risk to maintain them. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png American Journal of Primatology Wiley

The reduction of abnormal behaviors in individually housed rhesus monkeys ( Macaca mulatta ) with a foraging/grooming board

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Publisher
Wiley
Copyright
Copyright © 1991 Wiley‐Liss, Inc., A Wiley Company
ISSN
0275-2565
eISSN
1098-2345
DOI
10.1002/ajp.1350230104
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Abstract

A new environmental enrichment device, termed a “foraging/grooming board,” was presented to 8 individually housed rhesus monkeys for the explicit purpose of reducing the level of aberrant behaviors manifested by these animals. The device, consisting of a piece of plexiglass covered with artificial fleece, had particles of food treats rubbed into it and was attached to the outside of each animal's home cage. All animals foraged from the board to the point that a significant reduction in the level of abnormal behavior was noted. Most animals also groomed the fleece covering the board, utilizing the same motor patterns that would be directed toward grooming another monkey. These boards are inexpensive to construct and easy to sanitize, and do not require placing animal facility personnel at risk to maintain them.

Journal

American Journal of PrimatologyWiley

Published: Jan 1, 1991

References

  • Foraging strategies among living primates
    Garber, Garber
  • Time resources and laziness in animals
    Herbers, Herbers
  • Therapeutic effects of an imposed foraging task in disturbed monkeys
    Rosenblum, Rosenblum; Smiley, Smiley

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