Developing models for mother–infant behaviour in Black rhinoceros and Reticulated giraffe (Diceros bicornis michaeli and Giraffa camelopardalis reticulata) at Brookfield Zoo, Illinois

Author(s)T. V. Greene, S. P. Manne and L. M. Reiter
Year Published2006
JournalInternational Zoo Yearbook, ZSL
Page Numbers372–378
Size210.89 KB

For over a decade the behaviours of mothers and newborn calves of Black rhinoceros Diceros bicornis michaeli and Reticulated giraffe Giraffa camelopardalis reticulata have been observed at Brookfield Zoo during the critical first few weeks post-partum. Consistent patterns were seen for individuals within species, allowing models of time budgets, including ranges of variability surrounding each behaviour, to be developed. Once the model is created any data collected for neonates can be compared to the mean values in the model so infant development and the adequacy of maternal care can be assessed quantitatively.

Keywords: Behaviour, Behavioural modelling, Black rhinoceros, Development, Maternal care, Mother–infant interactions, Reticulated giraffe, Time budgets

Authors: T. V. Greene, S. P. Manne and L. M. Reiter

Journal: International Zoo Yearbook, ZSL

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