Doctoral researcher at Moulton College and the University of Northampton, Clare Frances Ellis, recently closed her survey of rabbit re-homing centres in the United Kingdom. The survey explored information gathering processes at the centres and the information is being used to help develop a tool to assess rabbit behaviour.
Forty-five centres have taken part from across the UK and two lucky centres were selected to win the rabbit enrichment packs that were up for grabs! The two centres have now been contacted and sent their packs. It seems that the rabbits at one centre are already enjoying the range of toys, including various tunnels and willow treats.
Clare would like to express her thanks to all of the centres that took part in the study and hopes the findings will help the development of the behaviour assessment tool. “The aim is to have a behaviour assessment tool that is not only scientifically valid and reliable but also one that works in the re-homing centre setting. The survey responses should help guide this so I am very grateful for all the centres that took part. It is great to see the enrichment kits being put to use too!”
You can find out more about Clare’s PhD research on her Research Gate page and read her recent Open Access publication about pet rabbit relinquishment in the UK here.