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Calving and Nursing Behaviors of the Captive Leopard
Author of the article:TIAN Li1,3, ZHOU Cai-quan1*, WU Kong-ju2, WANG Qiang2, HU Jin-chu1
Author's Workplace:(1. Institute of Rare Animals and Plants, College of Life Sciences, China West Normal University, Key Laboratory of Southwest China Wildlife Resources Conservation, Ministry of Education, Nanchong, Sichuan Province 637002, China; 2. Chengdu Zoo, Chengdu 610081, China; 3. Academy of Life Science and Technology in Zhanjiang Normal University, Zhanjiang, Guangdong Province 524048, China)
Key Words:Panthera pardu; maternal behavior; maternity
Abstract:Through behavioral sampling, the activity rhythms and maternity change of a captive leopard (Panthera pardu) were investigated during nursing period at Chengdu Zoo from March 2005 to March 2006. The results indicated that three kinds of behaviors, including resting (47.12%~55.8%), observing (18.92%~22.43%) and licking cub (10.1%~13.33%), mainly occurred during nursing period in the first month after calving. The frequency of activity was low in the first three days after calving, and became higher as time went by. The frequency of licking cub was higher in the first day after calving. The changes of licking cub and acting revealed that the maternity of leopard had a declined tide during the nursing period.
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