Environmental enrichment for felids: an integrated approach


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Environmental factors play a critical role in determining the behavioural and physiological responses of animals to captivity. Understanding these responses in order to establish new and improved techniques of enclosure design and animal husbandry is integral to environmental enrichment. This paper describes an integrated approach to providing optimal captive environments for felids and includes an evaluation of social structure, enclosure design, husbandry style, positive-reinforcement training, diet and the provision of novel objects.