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Mating behavior of the captive south China tigers (Panthera tigris amoyensis)
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Authors:ZHONG Yangkang,PEI Enle,XIONG Chengpei,ZHOU Hui,GAO Yuanyuan,WANG Tianhou
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Keywords:Mating behavior;South China tiger (Panthera tigris amoyensis)
Publication Year·Volume·Issue(Page):2006·26·No.3(307-310)
We studied mating behavior of 2 pairs of South China tigers (Panthera tigris amoyensis) using focal sampling and all occurrences sampling in the Shanghai Zoological Park, November 2004- March 2005. Mating behaviors occurred mostly during 9:00 - 11:00 and 13:00 - 17:00,with a peak at 13:00 - 15:00. The female displayed solicitating behavior before mating, and if successful in soliciting a male, groveled on the ground while awaiting being mounted. The mating period was 5 - 6 days and mating bouts averaged 25.6±12.1 seconds. We found are a highly significant difference in mating duration between the 2 males (one-way ANOVA). We also documented some abnormal mating behaviors of the males, such as lack of sexual impulse, incapable of mounting, and excessive vigilance.
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