Affects of rearing method on stereotypical behaviours in cheetah.

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About This Dissertation;-

Since the completion of a volunteer placement at a Cheetah Reintroduction Reserve in South Africa, an interest developed in the behaviours they display; particularly in those which are captive and display abnormalities or stereotypies. As the individuals at the reintroduction centre were hand-reared from birth, it is expected that these individuals would display stereotypies at a greater intensity than those which are captive and naturally-reared by their mothers.

This dissertation will study behavioural data collected from both the South African Reintroduction Centre and a British Zoo, looking at two subject groups of three adult individuals and one subject group of cubs. The behaviours of all individuals will be analysed for signs of stereotypies which have resulted due to the rearing method.

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