Microchips for macropods: First use of a microchip-automated door by a bridled nailtail wallaby (Onychogalea fraenata)

Muns, Sabrina J. and Hoy, Julia M. and Murray, Peter J. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1143-1706 (2018) Microchips for macropods: First use of a microchip-automated door by a bridled nailtail wallaby (Onychogalea fraenata). Zoo Biology, 37 (4). pp. 274-278. ISSN 0733-3188


Commercially available microchip‐automated devices for companion animals also have potential application with captive wildlife. To explore this potential, a captive bridled nailtail wallaby was trained to use a SureFlap Microchip Pet Door. Throughout the 62 day study the wallaby's interactions with the door increased in frequency and intensity, culminating in the repeated use of the microchip‐automated door. This was the first record of any captive macropod being trained to use a microchip‐automated device and demonstrates proof‐of‐concept that captive macropods can successfully utilize commercially available microchip‐automated devices. Further research is recommended to develop methodology and evaluation techniques for training captive macropods while also exploring intra‐ and inter‐species variations in responses.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Date Deposited: 08 Mar 2021 03:54
Last Modified: 11 Mar 2021 00:36
Uncontrolled Keywords: automation, captive wildlife, microchip, radio-frequency identification (RFID)
Fields of Research (2008): 06 Biological Sciences > 0608 Zoology > 060801 Animal Behaviour
06 Biological Sciences > 0602 Ecology > 060201 Behavioural Ecology
10 Technology > 1099 Other Technology > 109999 Technology not elsewhere classified
Fields of Research (2020): 31 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 3103 Ecology > 310301 Behavioural ecology
40 ENGINEERING > 4011 Environmental engineering > 401199 Environmental engineering not elsewhere classified
31 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 3109 Zoology > 310901 Animal behaviour
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): D Environment > 96 Environment > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960899 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity of Environments not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 18 ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT > 1806 Terrestrial systems and management > 180699 Terrestrial systems and management not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1002/zoo.21419
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/41300

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