Behavioral Effects of the Recombinant Zona Pellucida Immunocontraceptive in Caribbean Donkeys
N. Erskine, B. Middlebrooks, E. Peterson, D. Knobel, H. French
Evaluate change in activity budget for donkeys treated with an immunocontraceptive.
Donkeys and Population Control
Need for non-surgical sterilization methods:
Donkeys and Social Behaviors
Typically found in stable social breeding groups:
Disturbance to this stability could lead to stress and change in herd dynamics
|reZP (n=8)||Control (n=8)|
|Antigen||250 µg ZP3 and 250 µg ZP4||None|
500 µg Poly (I:C)
6% Pet Gel A
Activity budgets in Caribbean donkeys were not affected by the use of reZP immunocontraceptives.
reZP Activity budget
CONTROL ACTIVITY BUDGET
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