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Dr. Aimee Dunlap

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Studying the behaviors of captive animals provides caretakers, ecologists, and conservationists with vital information on how better to care for them. I chose captive male California sea lions (Zalophus californianus) for my ethogram as little is known about their behavioral activities. I wanted to determine if they present an asymmetrical swimming preference and whether they display agonistic behaviors when there are no females present. I also aimed to examine the sea lions time budget, how they utilized their time in the pool. I used many observational sampling methods to gather data. My findings suggested there is a possibility that captive male sea lions may have an asymmetrical swimming preference. No instances of agonistic behavior occurred during this study, which can be seen in the resulting ethogram produced.

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