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This is the topic chosen that needs to be discussed:
For my course project, I am planning to focus on promoting natural social and mating behaviors of cheetahs at the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) in Namibia. From what I have gathered, the goal of CCF is to create a world sustainable for the flourishment and success of cheetahs while also coexisting with the unavoidable human impact surrounding their habitats. One of the facets of this mission means focusing on the reproductive health and mating abilities of cheetahs. They already struggle in the wild with high infancy mortality rates, so if we can effectively support release of more cheetahs into the wild through artificial insemination, then hopefully this endangered species may stand a fighting chance. Although I know they hope that most of the cheetahs taken in can be released back into the wild, not all of them are able (for behavioral or medical reasons). A big problem with studying mating behaviors of both the pre-released and resident cheetahs at CCF can be the anxiety that they experience in any sort of captive setting.
Cheetahs are naturally more high-strung than most big cats, but human interaction can cause their anxiety to peak. When animals, including cheetahs, experience high levels of anxiety, natural behaviors, such as mating, do not occur.
My suggestion for CCF is to consider introducing ‘therapy’ dogs into the environment and pairing each of the cheetahs with their own. Many wildlife centers around the world have found that cheetahs will form a strong bond with an emotional support dog at a young age, and they will begin feeding off their energy in situations that would have otherwise caused them immense stress. I believe that if CCF implemented a pairing like this with their own cats, they may find more success in their endeavors to observe and track the mating cycles for their reproductive research. It is difficult to mimic natural behaviors in wild animals when they are not in their natural habitats, so I believe that any opportunity to decrease their stress and resume more natural behavior should be considered.

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Find either a photo or a video of an animal utilizing a primary or secondary def

Find either a photo or a video of an animal utilizing a primary or secondary defense. Along with the photo or video list the following information:
Video Link or Photo
Source of Video or Photo
Animal
Primary or Secondary Defense?
Name of Dense Strategy
After listing the example of a defense strategy write a 1-2 page paper including the following:
Evolution & Adaptation: Although animals have some amazing defenses, predators can also evolve mechanisms that counteract these defenses. Describe what is meant by the “Red Queen Hypothesis” and provide one example of this (either in the animal you shared above or in a different animal). How does the “Red Queen Hypothesis” relate to animal evolution and adaptation?
Connecting Concepts: Throughout this class we have learned that behavior can be complex. Some behaviors can be innate and other behaviors can be learned and impacted by life experience. End your paper with an explanation of how that animal’s behavior may be impacted by their (1) evolutionary history, (2) environment (such as habitat or resource distribution), and (3) life experience (such as living in captive or wild conditions). Reflect on how these 3 factors may interact to produce behavior and how behavior may increase an individual’s fitness.

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Animal welfare can be defined in different ways. Anyone working with captive or

Animal welfare can be defined in different ways. Anyone working with captive or wild animals should have a clear understanding of the concept and how to promote animal welfare. Refer to the learning materials for this week and locate one additional scholarly source on animal welfare. Then publish a definition of animal welfare in your own words. Attempt to write a holistic definition of animal welfare that considers biological functioning, affective states, and promotes natural behavior.
After publishing your definition identify possible types of enrichment for the animal species you are focusing on for your course project. My animal species is cheetahs. Include one possible example of each type of the 5 types of enrichment (sensory, feeding, social, cognitive/manipulative, and physical enrichment). Remember some enrichment items may cross into more than one category. You may note if this is the case, but still provide 5 total types of enrichment.
End with a reflection on how the enrichment items you picked may help promote animal welfare given the definition you provided.