expression of a broad range of species-typical positive behaviors, including locomotion, social interactions, foraging, and manipulation. It also seeks to minimize expression of negative behaviors, such as aggression, self-wounding, stereotypical behaviors, and coprophagy.
The plan recognizes and seeks to avoid stressful events, such as unpredictable activities associated with husbandry that can be interpreted by the animals as unpleasant. Colony routines for each species are spelled out in the species' SOP and include standards for minimizing interaction with unfamiliar persons; for clothing to be worn by care staff, research staff, and veterinarians; and for presentation of food treats.
The plan seeks to provide the animals with an enriched environment in which each can exert some degree of control over its environment as appropriate for its species.
Key to the effectiveness of this plan is the training of personnel in the natural history, behavior, and husbandry of the species and in the biomedical routines employed. Training and specific responsibilities and authorities of personnel are detailed in the training SOP.
II. Pertinent Information
A. Natural History
[This section can be excerpted from the relevant sections of this report and from the references cited.] A separate section should be provided for each species housed at the institution. It might include the following: