Training vervet monkeys to avoid electric wires: Is there evidence for social learning?

Abstract 10.1002/zoo.20041.abs Before being released into a large park enclosed by an electric fence, a wild-caught vervet group (Chlorocebus aethiops) had to learn to avoid electrified wires in a smaller cage. During this training, we observed the group continuously for 12 consecutive days to investigate if social learning was involved in the learning process. Results […]

Farm characteristics in Slovene wolf habitat related to attacks on sheep

We aimed to characterize differences between sheep farms in wolf habitat in Slovenia that either suffered from wolf attacks (n = 30) or not (n = 30) during the pasture seasons 2008–2010. Main pasture season was from April until November. Median fenced pastures were 2.7 ha and herd size was 93 sheep. The three-year period […]

No increased stress response in horses on small and electrically fenced paddocks

Regular free movement is an important factor for the wellbeing of horses, reducing the risk of behavioural disorders as well as maintaining bodily functions healthy. Currently animal welfare legislations in several countries require minimal stay times in outdoor enclosures. However, clear legal recommendations for the fence type enclosing or surrounding this area do not exist. […]