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Sensory Stimulation
Animal Scents

The methods outlined in this section relate to stimulation by means of sensory inputs, including the use of sounds, smells, temperature differences and movement.

Animal Scents

Method Animal Scents from other primates, or animals such as potential predators brought into the enclosure on branches that have been scent-marked. Use of dung or urine is also possible.
Species Most Monkeys, Marmosets.
Purpose Stimulate natural scent-marking and exploratory behaviour. In the case of predator scents, may stimulate anti-predator responses.
Pro Simple method of providing sensory stimulus.
Con Risk of cross infection of diseases. Potentially stressful through suggestion of presence of rivals or predators.
Improvements --
Comments Must only be used infrequently to prevent habituation. The use of predator scents can be stressful, so these should only be used rarely, or possibly only with populations in training for release back to the wild.
Frequency of Use Once per Month.
Ratings Usefulness 3
Convenience 2
Value For Money 3
Range of Users 6
Contributed By Primate Section

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