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

Emma Dunston, Jackie Abell, Rebecca Doyle, Deanna Duffy, Craig Poynter, Jacqui Kirk, Victoria Hilley, Andrew Forsyth, Emma Jenkins, Dominique Mcallister, Rafael Freire

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    Abstract

    Maintaining a territory and being able to hunt are imperative for the success of African lion (Panthera leo) prides. This study aimed to determine if captive-origin prides display similar behaviours to wild lions. Behaviours and GPS locations of captive-origin and wild prides were collected through direct observations. All prides established home ranges while core areas corresponded with resource requirements. There was no evidence that pride origin affected territorial or hunting behaviours. Captive-origin prides exhibited behaviours that lead us to be optimistic about each pride’s ability to successfully establish and defend a territory, and hunt, following reintroduction.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)254-260
    Number of pages7
    JournalMammal Review
    Volume47
    Issue number4
    Early online date4 Sep 2017
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Oct 2017

    Keywords

    • African Lion
    • territorial behaviour
    • hunting behaviour
    • home range

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)

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  • Activities

    • 5 Invited talk
    • 1 Public Engagement Event
    • 1 Visiting an external academic institution

    Social Psychology of Conservation and the Environment

    Jackie Abell (Speaker)
    13 Jul 202014 Aug 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventPublic Engagement Event

    Invited Talk: African Lions & Social Networks

    Jackie Abell (Invited speaker)
    30 Mar 2017

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    Research Output

    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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    Investigating the impacts of captive origin, time and vegetation on the daily activity of African lion prides

    Dunston, E., Abell, J., Doyle, R., Kirk, J., Hilley, V. B., Forsyth, A., McAllister, D. & Freire, R., May 2017, In : Journal of Ethology. 35, 2, p. 187–195 9 p.

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

    Dunston, E. J., Abell, J. & Freire, R., 17 Aug 2016, In : Communicative & Integrative Biology. 9, 5, e1208874.

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