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The purpose of this research is, to observe big cat behaviors at The Exotic Feline Rescue Center, and analyze these behaviors in comparison to known behaviors, to see the affects an artificial environment has on these cats. In this study the term artificial environment refers to anything outside of the natural habitat. The behaviors studied include: aggressive territory behaviors, feeding behaviors and communication behaviors. The behaviors were studied in Tigers, Lions, Cougars and Bobcats. These cats were studied during feeding, while on tours, and while doing normal walk-arounds.

The results of this study show cats in captivity do exhibit similar behaviors to those exhibited in the wild, though the behaviors may be displayed for different reasons. The cats at the Exotic Feline Rescue Center rely on the keepers for food and other necessities and receive plenty of attention from volunteers and visitors. Because of this, these cats are used to interacting with humans and may use many of their behaviors to get attention.


Honors Capstone Project completed in 2012 for Olivet Nazarene University.