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Jodee Hunt


Environmental variables influence animal behavior, and routines of captive animals often alter when individuals are moved between zoos, their social group changed, or enclosure altered. In 2018, two Canada lynx were introduced to John Ball Zoo, then their exhibit subsequently modified in 2019. We used scan sampling with ZooMonitor to quantify behaviors and enclosure use of individuals every 30 sec in 30 minute bouts of sampling, comparing patterns in 2018 and 2019. Both cats used inconspicuous resting sites extensively, but the specific sites changed from 2018 to 2019. The male’s daily activities changed little, incorporating the same locomotion paths both years. The female was more active in 2019 than 2018, but sought resting sites above visitors both years. Overall, both cats sought sites hidden by vegetation in 2018, but adjusted to its removal in 2019.

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