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Publikationstyp: Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Dokumenttyp: Originalarbeit

Jahr: 2007

AutorInnen: Reimers, M; Schwarzenberger, F; Preuschoft, S

Titel: Rehabilitation of research chimpanzees: stress and coping after long-term isolation.

Quelle: Horm Behav. 2007; 51(3):428-435

Autor/innen der Vetmeduni Vienna:

Schwarzenberger Franz

Beteiligte Vetmed-Organisationseinheiten
Institut für Medizinische Biochemie

Zugehörige(s) Projekt(e): Persönlichkeit als Parameter für sozialen Rang und Stressbelastung während der Rehabilitierung von Labor-Schimpansen (Pan troglodytes) (Zl.BCH80-Reimers)

We report on the permanent retirement of chimpanzees from biomedical research and on resocialization after long-term social isolation. Our aim was to investigate to what extent behavioral and endocrine measures of stress in deprived laboratory chimpanzees can be improved by a more species-typical social life style. Personality in terms of novelty responses, social dominance after resocialization and hormonal stress susceptibility were affected by the onset of maternal separation of infant chimpanzees and duration of deprivation. Chimpanzees, who were separated from their mothers at a younger age and kept in isolation for more years appeared to be more timid personalities, less socially active, less dominant and more susceptible to stress, as compared to chimpanzees with a less severe deprivation history. However, permanent retirement from biomedical research in combination with therapeutic resocialization maximizing chimpanzees" situation control resulted in reduced fecal cortisol metabolite levels. Our results indicate that chimpanzees can recover from severe social deprivation, and may experience resocialization as less stressful than solitary housing.

Keywords Pubmed: Adaptation, Psychological/physiology*
Animals, Laboratory*
Exploratory Behavior
Models, Biological
Pan troglodytes*
Social Dominance
Social Environment
Social Isolation*/psychology
Stress, Physiological/rehabilitation*
Stress, Physiological/veterinary

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