Animal Industry Report

Extension Number

ASL R3263


Small Ruminants

Summary and Implications

The objective of this project was to determine if a portable environmentally enriched wagon provided a North American Porcupine with the ability to express natural behaviors during a formal educational presentation at the Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium. The study was broken up into three phases: baseline, habituation, and public. One researcher recorded all phases on a video camera in color at 30 frames per second. All information will be presented descriptively. Time on educational presentation: The average time during baseline was ~13 minutes. Once the wagon was introduced, the average formal educational presentation length increased to ~19 minutes (public). In conclusion, the portable environmentally enriched wagon maintained Clover’s interest and it resulted in a richer behavioral repertoire that the general public were able to see during the finalized education presentations.

Copyright Holder

Iowa State University