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Activities | Porcupine Study (SS)


Porcupine Behaviour

Introduction

Zoo keepers, vets, scientists and many others often need to study an animals behaviour. This might be to understand them better, make their lives better or to see if they are sick.


Method

This technique is called "Scan Sampling", meaning we are recording the frequency of different behaviours by the group; Eating, Moving, Resting, Playing (e.g. with the other porcupine) or Other (meaning none of these). We can use it to study our porcupine:

Lawrence Snickers

1. Click "Start" on the stopwatch
2. Wait until the stopwatch gets to 1 minute (00:01:00)
3. What is each porcupine doing at that second?
4. Click the button that best describes what it was doing, for each porcupine
5. If you cant see a porcupine click "Other"
6. Wait until the stopwatch gets to 2 minutes (00:02:00)
7. What is each porcupine doing at that second?
8. Click the button that best describes what it was doing, for each porcupine
9. If you cant see a porcupine click "Other"
10. Keep doing this every minute for 30 minutes
11. When you have finished click the "Plot Graph" button to show the graph of your results
12. Click "Save Graph" and save your graph to your computer


Cameras

Outdoors (exhibit)

 

Indoors (bedbox)

 

00:00:00

 

Results

This chart shows how frequently the porcupine performed each of the behaviours during the time that you were watching: