Play frequencies in captive and free‐ranging bighorn lambs (Ovis canadensis canadensis)

Beth Bennett, Jennifer Fewell

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Abstract

Behavioral observations on captive animals are frequently extrapolated to provide species‐typical descriptions of a given behavior. Comparative studies of free‐ranging and captive animals are critical to substantiate this practice. We compared play frequencies in two populations of bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis canadensis). Play was significantly more common in the free‐ranging group than in zoo animals. Reasons for this difference are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)237-241
Number of pages5
JournalZoo Biology
Volume6
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1987
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • bighorn sheep
  • Ovis canadensis canadensis
  • Play

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Animal Science and Zoology

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