Behavioral correlates between daily activity and sociality in wild and captive origin African lions

E. J. Dunston, Jackie Abell, R. Freire

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Abstract

Study of behavioral correlations within and across populations has long been of interest to ethologists. An exploration of behavioral correlations between sociality and behavior of African lions (Panthera leo) was undertaken to examine if this approach is better able to reveal important aspects of lion behavior not easily discernible by looking at these behaviors separately. Resting behavior and received play interactions were correlated in 2 captive-origin prides and one wild pride, attributable to the involvement of cubs and sub-adults. Direct and exploratory movement was negatively correlated with groom centrality in 2 of the 3 prides, due to adults engaging in high levels of both of these activities. Exploration of these behavioral correlations highlighted the differences between age-groups in activity and sociality, facilitating the understanding of the complex behavior and interactions of lions. In addition, the finding of similar behavioral correlations between captive-origin and the wild prides provides confidence in the suitability if captive-origin candidates for ex-situ release. This is imperative to ensure the success of sub-groups and prides under an ex-situ reintroduction program.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere1208874
JournalCommunicative & Integrative Biology
Volume9
Issue number5
Early online date17 Aug 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 17 Aug 2016

Keywords

  • African lion
  • behavioral correlations
  • daily activity
  • ex-situ reintroduction
  • social interactions
  • social network analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Psychology(all)

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  • Activities

    • 7 Invited talk
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    Social Psychology of Conservation and the Environment

    Jackie Abell (Speaker)
    13 Jul 202014 Aug 2020

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    BSEC Seminar

    Jackie Abell (Speaker)
    22 Mar 2017

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    The Psychologists' Tree of Life: A Special Feature on Psychologists Working with Non-Human Animals. A Matter of Pride

    Abell, J., 1 Oct 2018, The Psychologist magazine, 31 2 p.

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  • An assessment of African lion Panthera leo sociality via social network analysis: prerelease monitoring for an ex situ reintroduction program

    Dunston, E., Abell, J., Doyle, R., Kirk, J., Hilley, V. B., Forsyth, A. & Jenkins, E., Jun 2017, In : Current Zoology. 63, 3, p. 301-311 10 p.

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    Does captivity influence territorial and hunting behaviour? Assessment for an ex-situ reintroduction program of African lions (Panthera leo)

    Dunston, E., Abell, J., Doyle, R., Duffy, D., Poynter, C., Kirk, J., Hilley, V., Forsyth, A., Jenkins, E., Mcallister, D. & Freire, R., Oct 2017, In : Mammal Review. 47, 4, p. 254-260 7 p.

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  • Press / Media

    Lateral Magazine: The Pride of Africa

    Jackie Abell

    17/05/17

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    Inside Track: taking steps towards a future for the African lion

    Jackie Abell

    19/08/13

    1 item of Media coverage

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    Can captive-bred lions contribute to saving this vulnerable species?

    Jackie Abell

    5/08/13

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