Project properties

Title Randomizing feeding schedules as an enrichment strategy for captive animals - Rotterdam Zoo Blijdorp
Group Behavioural Ecology
Project type thesis
Credits 36-39
Supervisor(s) Filipe Cunha
Examiner(s) Marc Naguib
Contact info filipe.cunha
Begin date 2021/09/01
End date
Description In nature, the time of feeding is random and unpredictable. Therefore, a random feeding schedule in captive situations approximates natural patterns more closely than fixed schedules. Moreover, zoo animals can show food anticipatory behavior around feeding time, e.g. increased stereotypic behavior. Although several studies suggest random feeding schedules as enrichment, few studies investigated this management tactic or combined temporal unpredictability with special unpredictability or a change in diet. In this thesis, students will continue Leonie Fitskie MSc thesis and investigate the effect of randomized feeding schedules in a number of species housed in blijdorp.
Used skills
Requirements BHE30306 and BHE20303