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Social Husbandry
Mating Introductions

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.

Mating Introductions

Method Male and female are given access to each others’ adjacent enclosure on alternate nights, for up to 2-3 weeks, with the inhabitant of the enclosure kept behind dividing slides to prevent physical contact.
Species Large Carnivores, other species with aggressive encounters between newly introduced pairs.
Purpose To allow animals to become aware of potential mates before physical contact. In the wild, they will usually be alerted to the presence -and breeding condition - through scent marking and other indications long before they meet.
Pro Reduces the risk of injury or death during the introduction.
Con --
Improvements --
Comments --
Frequency of Use During Month leading up to mating.
Ratings Usefulness 10
Convenience 8
Value For Money N/A
Range of Users 10
Contributed By Carnivore Section

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