Tools for

Zoo animals, companion animals, and wildlife studies


Research on the behavior of wild and domesticated animals can focus on aspects such as ecology, social behavior, and animal welfare. Depending on your research, animals can be tracked with a stationary or mobile lab set-up. Read more about our solutions for research with zoo animals, companion animals, and wildlife.

 


Choose your set-up

When studying the behavior of any animal in its natural habitat or enclosure, a stationary observation system offers a practical solution. Ideal for when you want to study animals over a longer period of time or when you want to use a set-up with a desktop or multiple cameras. For example, you can study zoo animals in their enclosure, farm animals in a barn, or companion animals at home. In other cases, studying animal behavior requires a mobile set-up. With a mobile lab you can move around to keep an animal of interest within view, study animals at different locations, or study the daily rituals of wild animals. We offer powerful observation tools in a mobile format, with rugged handhelds that can withstand extreme environmental conditions.

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Versatile behavior analysis

Benefit from the powerful software of The Observer® XT to study the behavior of wild and domesticated animals. With The Observer XT you can score behaviors live or offline, and adapt your methods to your research circumstances. When investigating the behavior of wildlife, live scoring will ensure you don’t miss anything important that is not caught on camera. Scoring from video files has other advantages. For example, you are able to fast forward through parts of the video in which very little action occurs, making your research more efficient. You can also replay specific parts at a slower speed; practical in situations where many behaviors occur at the same time, or when you are observing multiple animals. The Observer XT also supports data synchronization, allowing you to study correlations between location, physiological responses, and specific behaviors.

 
 


Customer quote

"I would buy the Observer XT software again. It saved me months of time."

Dr. E. Eadie|University of New Mexico, USA

 


Indoor and outdoor tracking

TrackLab™ is the complete tracking solution for your research with livestock, companion animals, or zoo animals. Benefit from highly accurate tracking in indoor and outdoor environments, such as barns, pastures, zoo enclosures, and home environments. TrackLab offers the option to monitor your animals continuously or to schedule recording sessions for specific times of interest. You can analyze data from the comfort of your office and gain meaningful insights in a wide variety of behaviors. For example, you can study activity, place-preference, feeding, and social behavior. Monitor areas of interest and visualize your results with heatmaps or track plots.

 
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Relevant blogs

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The relationship between food scarcity and caching in fox squirrels

We’ve all seen squirrels carrying acorns around in their mouths and burying them in the ground. This is a way to hoard food, and most squirrels use a strategy called scatter-hoarding.
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The use of video tracking in a HaXha test

When you get used to something, after a while you might not notice it anymore. Like a sent. The lab of Justus Verhagen investigated sniffing behavior with video tracking.
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Interspecific aggression: spotted dolphins vs. bottlenose dolphins

In the animal kingdom, competition is a part of life. Dominance hierarchies are common both within a group in a species (intergroup) or between two different species (interspecific).
 
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