Investigating the use of GIS for monitoring visitor effects and enclosure use of captive birds in a mixed species, free-ranging aviary at Lowry Park Zoo, Tampa FL.

dc.contributor.advisorFinegan, Esther
dc.contributor.advisorRobinson, Andy
dc.contributor.advisorAtkinson, Jim
dc.contributor.advisorDuncan, Ian
dc.contributor.authorBlanchett, Mackenzie
dc.date.accessioned2018-01-04T13:49:04Z
dc.date.available2018-01-04T13:49:04Z
dc.date.copyrightJan-18
dc.date.created2017-12-20
dc.date.issued2018-01-04
dc.degree.departmentDepartment of Animal Biosciencesen_US
dc.degree.departmentCampbell Centre for the Study of Animal Welfareen_US
dc.degree.grantorUniversity of Guelphen_US
dc.degree.nameMaster of Scienceen_US
dc.degree.programmeAnimal and Poultry Scienceen_US
dc.description.abstractVisitor effects and enclosure use were examined in a mixed species free-ranging exhibit using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) within the Main Aviary at Lowry Park Zoo, Tampa FL. Scan sampling was used to track the location of 24 bird species (n = 98) within the aviary, visitor numbers, noise levels and weather conditions. Results revealed that birds responded to increasing visitors by moving further away from the path, decreasing range sizes and increasing use of ground vegetation cover. However, lack of interference with behaviour patterns suggests that the birds are not experiencing negative welfare consequences, and that instead these responses are coping mechanisms used to reduce the effects of increasing visitor numbers. It was determined that factors such as weather condition, habitat preference and territoriality further play a role in influencing the space selectivity of the birds. Overall, GIS was determined to be an effective tool for examining these effects.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipOntario Graduate Scholarship
dc.description.sponsorshipGraduate Tuition Scholarship
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10214/12133
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherUniversity of Guelphen_US
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dc.subjectMixed speciesen_US
dc.subjectFree-rangingen_US
dc.subjectAviaryen_US
dc.subjectGISen_US
dc.subjectVisitor effectsen_US
dc.subjectEnclosure useen_US
dc.subjectbirdsen_US
dc.subjectZooen_US
dc.subjectSpace selectivityen_US
dc.subjectGeographic Information Systemsen_US
dc.titleInvestigating the use of GIS for monitoring visitor effects and enclosure use of captive birds in a mixed species, free-ranging aviary at Lowry Park Zoo, Tampa FL.en_US
dc.typeThesisen_US

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