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Read Me Like a Book:
Why Behavioral Cues are so Important
& What to Look for
Gail M Buhl, Partners for Wildlife - University of Minnesota
Jackie Kozlowski, Tracy Aviary
Melissa Moore, Peoria Zoo
If you could learn how to be a better observer of animal behavior, how would you do it? Where would you start? Watching animals can give us many insights but can also be confounding and confusing. If we have preconceived notions of what a behavior represents, this cultural fog can hinder our abilities to act on the behaviors we are observing. How does our strategy change if we are observing mammals? Birds? How about reptiles? In this session, discussion includes how behavior comes about, what the component parts of behavior are, and how behavior serves the animal that is exhibiting the behavior. The session also highlights where natural history of species comes into play and how all of this information can assist you in making the best decisions for the animals in your care.