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Abstract: Understanding food preference among animals in human care can support improvements to welfare through training and day-to-day care (e.g., diet management).Little has been published about food preference in zoo-housed meerkats. Assessing meerkat food preference would be useful, not only for the welfare of that species, but also for developing approaches to assessing food preference in other grouphoused, social species. The specific aim of this study was to quantify food preference within the meerkat mob at Well… Show more

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“…Although an imperfect measure because each food was paired with a random selection of other foods throughout testing (not all of which were included in analyses due to the small number of trials in which they were involved) and for differing numbers of trials, using the proportion of trials in which the food was chosen standardized the measure to some extent. This is the same approach taken by other researchers [23] in their study of group-housed meerkats and by another research group [5] in their multi-species study. It should be noted that our data involved dependencies and pairs were not presented systematically to allow for the usual method of assessing preferences from a paired-choice procedure.…”
Section: Statistical Analysesmentioning
confidence: 96%
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“…Although an imperfect measure because each food was paired with a random selection of other foods throughout testing (not all of which were included in analyses due to the small number of trials in which they were involved) and for differing numbers of trials, using the proportion of trials in which the food was chosen standardized the measure to some extent. This is the same approach taken by other researchers [23] in their study of group-housed meerkats and by another research group [5] in their multi-species study. It should be noted that our data involved dependencies and pairs were not presented systematically to allow for the usual method of assessing preferences from a paired-choice procedure.…”
Section: Statistical Analysesmentioning
confidence: 96%
“…Across all sessions, foods were presented anywhere from 3 to 159 times depending on how frequently the food item was provided. Unlike most paired preference tests, we were not able to systematically pair every food item an equal number of times with each other food item; see also [23].…”
Section: Touchscreen Preference Testsmentioning
confidence: 99%
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“…For example, functional analysis protocols have been used to assess and treat problem behaviors in animals [87][88][89][90][91][92][93][94][95][96], and this function-based approach that emphasizes the identification and modification of existing behavior-environment relationships may help provide a framework that allows animal caregivers both a deeper understanding of behavior and the ability to move beyond the reliance of artificial reinforcers when modifying behavior [61]. In addition, empirical preference assessments have been successfully used in a variety of species [97][98][99][100][101][102][103][104][105][106][107][108][109][110][111] with promise for improving training effectiveness. By using a behavior analytic lens, adapting existing behavioral technologies, and developing new, animal-specific, behavioral protocols and methodologies, behavior analysts could play a considerable role in guiding the next advances in modern zoos.…”
Section: The Future Of Behavior Analysis In Zoosmentioning
confidence: 99%
“…However, coming full circle, researchers are now successfully adapting and using protocols developed for use with people to impact animal welfare. For example, functional analysis protocols have been used to assess and treat problem behaviors in animals (Dorey et al, 2009;Farmer-Dougan, 2014;Feuerbacher & Wynne, 2016;Franklin et al, 2021;Hall et al, 2015;Martin et al, 2011;Mehrkam et al, 2020;Morris & Slocum, 2019;Pfaller-Sadovsky et al, 2019;Salmeron et al, 2021), and empirical preference assessments have been successfully used in a variety of species (Brox et al, 2021;Cameron et al, 2013;Clay et al, 2009;Clayton & Shrock, 2020;Dorey et al, 2015;Fay & Miller, 2015;Fernandez et al, 2004;Fernandez & Timberlake, 2005;Gaalema et al, 2011;Martin et al, 2018;Mehrkam & Dorey, 2014;Slocum & Morris, 2020;Vicars et al, 2014;Woods et al, 2020). By using a behavior analytic lens, adapting existing behavioral technologies, and developing new, animal-specific, behavioral protocols and methodologies, behavior analysts could play a considerable role in guiding the next advances in modern zoos.…”
Section: The Future Of Behavior Analysis In Zoosmentioning
confidence: 99%