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Revista de Etologia

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MINTEGUIAGA, Mahia  and  CORTE, Sylvia. Environmental enrichment proposals for a captive baboon Papio papio. Rev. etol. [online]. 2005, vol.7, n.1, pp. 15-23. ISSN 1517-2805.

We assessed the welfare of a baboon Papio papio female kept lonely in its enclosure at the Montevideo Zoo, focusing on the use of space and comparing behavior with or without visitors, during a six month period. The baboon was always visible in the exhibit area , most of the time in a single sub-area. The principal affiliative category was to approach the public and the most frequent agonistic one was getting "enraged". The most frequent stereotyped behavior, with or without public, was the "jumping" category. Behavior was influenced by the presence of people and use of space was related to the possibility of watching neighboring animals. We propose an environmental enrichment program at two levels, social and instrumental.

Keywords : Welfare; Stereotyped behavior; Ambient enrichment; Baboon; Papio papio.

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