Exploring the potential for plant based enrichment.

Kevin Frediani (Lead / Corresponding author)

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    Abstract

    Plants form the fabric within and around which animals live their lives. As the ultimate source of food to fuel their lives, to the provision of structures that make a safe home. Plants or plant derivatives determine much of the natural behaviour of animals in the wild. But what of plants in captive environments? Plants form a major part of all terrestrial animals’ environments, yet their inclusion in the field of environmental enrichment, has not been recognised to date (Field, 1998; Reinhardt, 2008; Stark, 1999; Young, 2003). Overlooked and undervalued plants have certainly not been utilised to their full capacity. Approaches will be revealed in this paper which explores how zoos might look to optimise the potential of plants to enrich the lives of captive animals.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 9th International Environmental Enrichment
    Number of pages7
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2009

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