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Date Submitted

Spring 4-17-2015

Research Mentor and Department

Dr. Amanda Melin

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Dissertation/Thesis

Abstract

Visitors presence is known to impact the behavior of zoo animals. For primates in particular, the effect of zoo visitors is considered negative and indicative of stress.

Comparing visitor effect between species can inform zoo organization to improve animal welfare. Animals most sensitive to visitors can be housed where they will be less exposed to visitors.

Research questions
• How do visitors affect animal space use and behavior?
• Are there effect differences between species?
• Can mixed species enclosures be used to compare visitor effect between species?