Vol. 2, Issue 6 (2017)
Study of stress on caged phasianids in the national zoological park, New Delhi
Author(s): Genie Murao, Himmat Singh, Pamposh
Abstract: With the increase in the rate of extinction and changing environmental conditions, the zoological parks around the globe face the pressure of successful breeding of their captive animal populations. The appraisal of stress on animals bred in captivity is important to ensure appropriate behavior and their successful breeding. High levels of stress not only pose threats to the well being of the animal but also decrease the viability of their offsprings. The study attempted to identify stress in the captive phasianids of the National Zoological Park, New Delhi. The study took into account the behavioral and breeding patterns of the phasianids, along with chick mortality and the visitor influence on these bird species. It was found that most of the phasianids face stress due to inadequate enclosure conditions and visitor pressure. Their behavior and breeding pattern was indicative of the same. Moreover, the chick mortality was also high. The study made an attempt to provide various enrichment techniques to reduce the stress in these captive phasianids. However, these measures will only prove to be successful if they are properly implemented and monitored.
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