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Social Husbandry
Group Housing (Carnivores)

The methods outlined in this section relate to the means of controlling breeding, and providing interaction and social stimulation, including the use of group housing, both of the same species and of different species together, and movements of individuals or groups into different environments.

Group Housing (Carnivores)

Method Several animals of the same species housed together in the same enclosure, as a pair or family group, or as part of a species-specific social system.
Species Lynx, Tiger, Cheetah, Snow Leopard, Meerkat, Bush Dog, Short-clawed Otter, Mongoose, Coati, Red Panda.
Purpose Provide normal social grouping, facilitate learning by infants and juveniles, improve breeding success and reduce boredom.
Pro --
Con Don’t always know details of social structure in the wild, and even if structure is known, it is not always possible to re-create it within the zoo.
Improvements --
Comments --
Frequency of Use Constant.
Ratings Usefulness 10
Convenience 10
Value For Money N/A
Range of Users 10
Contributed By Carnivore Section

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