How access to exhibit space impacts the behavior of female tigers (Panthera tigris)
Article first published online: 17 SEP 2010
© 2010 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Volume 30, Issue 5, pages 479–486, September/October 2011
How to Cite
Miller, A., Leighty, K. A., Maloney, M. A., Kuhar, C. W. and Bettinger, T. L. (2011), How access to exhibit space impacts the behavior of female tigers (Panthera tigris). Zoo Biol., 30: 479–486. doi: 10.1002/zoo.20349
- Issue published online: 4 OCT 2011
- Article first published online: 17 SEP 2010
- Manuscript Accepted: 12 AUG 2010
- Manuscript Revised: 20 JUL 2010
- Manuscript Received: 5 MAR 2010
- management practices;
- conflict avoidance;
- Panthera tigris
Little is known about how socially housed captive carnivores respond to temporary reductions in available space. We documented rates of aggression and affiliation in our group of six female tigers, under their normal housing conditions and during a period of exhibit renovations which resulted in a 50% reduction in time spent in an outdoor enclosure. During the period of reduced availability of space, significant declines in aggression and affiliation were observed indicating that these tigers responded in a manner consistent with a strategy of conflict avoidance. These reductions in rates of social behavior remained in place during the year following the return to their original housing conditions. Thus, even temporary alterations to housing practices have the potential to have lasting impacts on the social behavior of this species. Zoo Biol 30:479–486, 2011. © 2010 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.