Influence of Cinnamon on the behavior of Amur Tiger (Panthera tigris altaica, Temminck, 1844) in Captivity


T.V. Antonenko, A.V. Matsyura, S.V. Pysarev

Our primary interest is in welfare of Amur tiger (Panthera tigris altaica, Temminck, 1844) in the Barnaul Zoo and Leningrad Zoo. As discussed below, behavioral researches can reveal much about the welfare of captive wild animals. Amur tiger s behavior is studied and time budget is calculated for males and females. The Schorygin’ similarity coefficient of behavior is determined (82.64% and 86.76%). We analyzed the differences in their behavior before and after olfactory enrichment. Cinnamon oil reduces pacing, sheltering, sleep and rest time, play behavior, increases exploratory behavior in 50% of researched Amur tigers. The reaction time of the flemen increased in both males. Younger animals better perceived olfactory enrichment. Stereotypical behavior (pacing) have decreased in post-enrichment day.
Key words: Captive tiger, Olfactory enrichment, Cinnamon oil, Amur tiger, Panthera tigris altaica, Barnaul Zoo, Leningrad Zoo.
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