Yasmeen Ghavamian

Yasmeen Ghavamian

Sonoma State University & Oakland Zoo

M.S. Biology Student

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Published on Oct 25, 2019

Results!

The time has finally come! We have the BIG news you have all been waiting for! After spending the last few months crunching all the numbers using statistical software, I am excited to announce the ...

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Published on Sep 03, 2019

Final Enrichment Challenge!

The time has finally come... we have reached the end of our experiment with this final enrichment challenge for the Malayan sun bears at Oakland Zoo. Last week we provided the bears with Level 3 of...

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Published on Aug 29, 2019

Video Update: Ting Ting with PVC Feeder

In this new video update we have special footage of Ting Ting, the oldest of the three female sun bears, investigating Level 2 of the PVC cross-shaped feeder. At 29 years old, it's amazing to see h...

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Published on Aug 25, 2019

Video Update: Bulan with PVC Feeder

In this new video update, you can see how Malayan sun bear Bulan manipulates Level 2 of the PVC cross-shaped feeder. Bulan appears to be very enthusiastic, and even takes a try at throwing the enri...

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Published on Aug 23, 2019

New PVC Enrichment Challenge!

Oakland Zoo's sun bears were very active this week engaging with Level 2 of the PVC cross-shaped feeder device! In Level 2, there is an additional skinny PVC pipe. This means there are now three PV...

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Published on Aug 18, 2019

Sun Bears Meet New Enrichment Device

The sun bears at Oakland Zoo sure loved their honey-logs! But don't forget - bears are quick-learners! In order to keep these intelligent species active and engaged, we have to provide more variety...

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Published on Aug 11, 2019

Video Update: Bulan with Honey-Log

Happy Sun(Bear)day!! If pictures weren't enough, we now have an exclusive video of one of the sun bears at Oakland Zoo with Level 3 of the honey-log enrichment device!This video was taken by Steven...

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Published on Aug 09, 2019

New Honey-Log Enrichment Challenge!

Remember our very first lab note on "What is Complex Enrichment"? That was such a long time ago! Now that we are 6 weeks into the project, it's worth a reminder as to why this enrichment project is...

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Published on Aug 05, 2019

Sun Bears Meet Their Enrichment!

The long-awaited project update is finally here: Bulan, Pagi, and Ting Ting have met their new complex enrichment devices!!The past few weeks have been very exciting for the Malayan sun bears at Oa...

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Thank you for the question Louise! This study is part of ongoing work by the zoo into the behavior of the bears. Observers are continuing observations, the bears have already received enrichment used in the project following its completion, and other enhancements to the bear's environment are planned in the near future, regardless of the results of the study.
Sep 07, 2019
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Thank you Angela!
Sep 04, 2019
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Great question! Most of the time it takes about 20 minutes for the bears to find all four honey-logs they were provided with. We are also witnessing interesting behavior and finding that sometimes one bear waits for another bear to finish with a device before going after any leftovers. In a few more months, we will provide statistical results that will help us determine the differences in device use between levels of complexity!
Aug 13, 2019
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Thank you Louise! Glad you enjoyed the video! Yes, Bulan actually has much longer claws than the other two bears, so she definitely uses them to her advantage!
Aug 12, 2019
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We can't wait to surprise them with these awesome enrichment devices!
Jun 27, 2019
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Thank you Jeffrey!
May 18, 2019
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Thank you so much!
May 14, 2019
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Thank you Louise!!
May 14, 2019
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Thank you so much Carla!!
May 14, 2019
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Thank you Traci!
Apr 02, 2019
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And we can't wait to share our progress!! Exciting project updates will be soon to come!
Feb 28, 2019
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That's amazing! We are in love with these sun bears too!
Feb 26, 2019
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