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Conclusions

  • The bush dogs showed a significantly higher interest in the real pig blood than in the three other odors tested. This might indicate that they perceive this odor as prey-related.
     
  • The bush dogs showed a significantly higher interest in the control odor, diethyl phthalate, than for isopentyl acetate and 2-pentylfuran, which indicates that they have a high interest in odors and novel objects in general.   
     
  • The tigers did not display any significant difference towards any of the odors tested, mainly because of the low interest they displayed in the logs and odors.
     
  • The high interest that the bush dogs displayed towards the real blood indicates that blood could be used as olfactory enrichment for captive carnivores. 


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Last updated: 05/20/15