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Zookeeper’s tips on decoding animal behavior (2021/05/03)
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    Zookeeper’s tips on decoding animal behavior (2021/05/03)

    And now Formosa News reporter Stephany Yang takes us to Taipei Zoo to explore the languages of the animal kingdom.

    Animals can’t talk, but they do communicate using sounds, scents, posture, and other non-verbal languages. For the people who work at Taipei Zoo, it’s important to carefully observe the animals to learn what it is they’re trying to say. For example, when koalas are angry, they flap their ears.

    Eric Tsao
    Taipei Zoo spokesman
    When they get excited, the vibration of the ear, the movement will be different. For example, before they mating, and they feel very excited, you will see the little vibration of the ear. For the zoo keepers and our vet staff, it's very important to learn all the wildlife because they cannot speak human language. We observe their body language and learn how they communicate through their vocal sounds.

    As for elephants, when they are angry, they will slam their trunks to the ground. Another sign of anger is making low-frequency sounds.

    Eric Tsao
    Taipei Zoo spokesman
    For the elephant, it's very interesting. They will use their major tools, which are their trunks to hit the ground. You can hear very low vibration voices. If you look at their big ear, sometimes they will push it to their front side to make it look bigger. So that’s also a very interesting image that when we look at the elephant, you know they are maybe angry, they are not comfortable about the environment.

    Clouded leopards, when in a bad mood, will swing their tails up and down. When they’re feeling bothered by their environment, they will have a reduced appetite. As for chimpanzees, when they feel ignored or wronged by others, they will clap their hands, slap their own bodies, or even cry.

    Eric Tsao
    Taipei Zoo spokesman
    For the visitors, if you are lucky enough, you may have the opportunity to eyewitness how the animals use their vocal sounds to communicate or they will have all kinds of body languages. But it's also important to keep silent and distance from the animal so that the animal they can feel more safe so they can express their feelings freely.

    Zookeepers spend a great deal of time observing the sounds, behaviors and body movements of different species to understand their current emotions and needs. Animals are very susceptible to environmental influences, which can lead to drastic emotional changes. The Taipei Zoo reminds visitors to speak softly and give the animals space when visiting the zoo.
    中文 Chinese  
    向大自然學習 解密動物行為學

    民視英語新聞記者帶我們去台北動物園,探索動物王國的語言。

    動物不會說話,但他們會使用聲音、味道、動作和其他非語言的方式進行交流。對於台北動物園員工來說,仔細觀察動物對於了解它們的表達非常重要。例如,無尾熊生氣的時候會用力拍打耳朵。

    [[動物園發言人曹先紹 ]]
    "當大象興奮時,耳朵振動的動作會有所不同。舉例來說,在大象交配之前,他們會情緒激動,耳朵輕微的振動。因為動物不會說話,所以動物園的保育員和獸醫要從大自然中學習,觀察動物的肢體語言以及他們如何以聲音進行交流"

    大象生氣的時候,會用鼻子末端敲打地板,發出低頻的叫聲。

    [[動物園發言人曹先紹]]
    "大象非常有趣,生氣時用他們的主要工具,也就是鼻子敲打地板。你會聽到低頻振動的聲音。有時他們會把耳朵推到身體前側,讓耳朵看起來更大。這樣就能看出來,大象可能在生氣,或是對環境感到不適"

    台灣動物區的雲豹,心情不好時尾巴會上下擺動,像警告般敲打地板。受到環境干擾時,食慾會降低。至於黑猩猩,感覺被其他黑猩猩無視或受到委屈的時候,他們會拍手、拍打自己的身體,甚至痛哭。

    [[動物園發言人曹先紹]]
    "如果遊客夠幸運,可能有機會親眼看到,動物如何利用聲音或肢體語言進行交流。不過,保持安靜和與動物的距離也很重要,這樣動物才能感到更安全,自由表達自己的感受"

    動物跟人類一樣,都有自己的情緒,保育員會透過觀察不同物種的叫聲、行為與肢體動作,來了解動物現在的情緒與需求。動物非常容易受到外在環境影響而情緒改變。提醒大家在動物園請保持輕聲細語。
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