One Size Does Not Fit All: Taking Individual Differences Into Account When Caring For Animals In Captivitywith Kristine Coleman, PhD, Scientist and Head of the Behavioral Services Unit at OHSU's Oregon National Primate Research Center
Attending to the behavioral needs of animals in captivity is an integral part of animal care. Most facilities have dedicated programs designed to improve the psychological well being and welfare of captive animals. These programs are tailored to unique behavioral patterns of each individual species. However, even within a species behavioral needs of individuals can vary. Factors such as age, sex, and personality can affect behavioral needs of animals. For example, personality may affect how animals respond to socialization, positive reinforcement training and other forms of enrichment. This talk will examine how these individual differences might affect how we care for captive animals. While the talk will focus on captive monkeys, the concepts can be applied to other animals, including pets.
Kris Coleman has studied the behavior of nonhuman primates and other animals for over 25 years. She received her PhD in behavioral ecology from Binghamton University in New York. Currently, she is a staff scientist and Head of the Behavioral Services Unit at the Oregon National Primate Research Center (ONPRC). She and her team oversee behavioral management of the monkeys at the ONPRC.
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