Yasmeen Ghavamian

Yasmeen Ghavamian

Sonoma State University & Oakland Zoo

M.S. Biology Student

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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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Published on Jun 21, 2019

Project Update: Enrichment Devices!

Happy First Day of Summer! Now that summer has officially begun, we will be having a lot more warm sunny days, a whole lot of sunshine, and even more sun bear project updates!!We know that environm...

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Published on May 13, 2019

Project Update!

It's been awhile since our last lab note, but don't worry we haven't forgot about you! We have some very exciting news to share with all of our backers. Every Master's student in the Biology Depart...

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Published on Feb 28, 2019

We Did It!!!

WE DID IT! At 5:15pm (PDT) on February 28, 2019, we reached our funding goal!! The Malayan sun bears are getting their complex enrichment and we get to study how the enrichment affects their behav...

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Published on Mar 05, 2019

What is an Ethogram?

An animal’s behavior consists of a stream of movements and events (Martin & Bateson, 2007). Before we can measure these movements, an animal’s behaviors must be organized into specific categori...

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Published on Feb 24, 2019

Thank You! We're Half-Way to Our Goal!!

We are half-way through our funding campaign and we have some exciting developments to share. Here are the highlights:We are using the characteristics of sun bears in order to create and provide en...

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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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Thank you Jeannie! Your support means the world, and I can’t wait to share our project updates along the way!
Feb 09, 2019
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Thank you so much David! We are so excited to share the work we’ve put into the project thus far!
Feb 09, 2019
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