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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.

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dc.contributor.advisor Finegan, Esther
dc.contributor.advisor Robinson, Andy
dc.contributor.advisor Atkinson, Jim
dc.contributor.advisor Duncan, Ian
dc.contributor.author Blanchett, Mackenzie
dc.date.accessioned 2018-01-04T13:49:04Z
dc.date.available 2018-01-04T13:49:04Z
dc.date.copyright 2018-01
dc.date.created 2017-12-20
dc.date.issued 2018-01-04
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10214/12133
dc.description.abstract Visitor 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.sponsorship Ontario Graduate Scholarship, Graduate Tuition Scholarship en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Mixed species en_US
dc.subject Free-ranging en_US
dc.subject Aviary en_US
dc.subject GIS en_US
dc.subject Visitor effects en_US
dc.subject Enclosure use en_US
dc.subject birds en_US
dc.subject Zoo en_US
dc.subject Space selectivity en_US
dc.subject Geographic Information Systems en_US
dc.title 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. en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.degree.programme Animal and Poultry Science en_US
dc.degree.name Master of Science en_US
dc.degree.department Department of Animal Biosciences en_US


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