The effects of change of keeper and level of human-animal relationship on the behaviour of Kikuyu black-and-white colobus and Scarlet Ibis


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Investigator: Sheryl Bradley

The aim of this project is to determine whether alternating the keeper providing care to an animal, and the level of bond the keeper perceives to have with the animal, influences its behavioural response to the changing of care. This will be achieved by implementing the following objectives: 1. To identify any behavioural changes linked to the alternating of keeper providing care for an animal 2. To identify if human-animal bonds exist between keepers and animals. 3. To determine if the strength of human-animal bonds identified influence the degree to which behavioural changes occur in the animal being cared for.


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