Giraffe = Nomi City, Ishikawa Prefecture, which is exhibited outdoors at Ishikawa Zoo

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Giraffe = Nomi City, Ishikawa Prefecture, which is exhibited outdoors at Ishikawa Zoo

Giraffes are conscious of human eyes and increase the speed of eating. When Ishikawa Zoo (Nomi City, Ishikawa Prefecture) and Ishikawa Prefectural University (Nonoichi City) investigated the relationship between the number of people who visited the zoo and the behavior of Kirin, the following results became clear. It has long been known that the number of visitors affects the behavior of animals, but this is the first time that specific data have been shown. The research team says, “I want to build a better relationship between animals and visitors.”

Takuji Hirayama, a 52-year-old professor at Ishikawa Prefectural University, who instructed the research, said, “I hope we can propose an exhibition method that can reduce the stress of animals while satisfying visitors.”