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Examples of theses carried out at Nordens Ark

Forest Dynamics on Rocky Outcrops at Sotenäs in Bohus County: Åby Manor Case Study

Lisa Sihlberg worked on her thesis in the autumn of 2012 under the guidance of Mats Niklasson. The study was to determine the age of the pines growing on Åby manor’s lands (the rocky outcrops in the Ecopark) to find out whether the rock faces were bare during the 1700s and 1800s.

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Restoration Proposal for the Ecopark: Bachelor Thesis on Åby Manor

Emelie Westman did her bachelor thesis, Restoration of the Ecopark, during 2014 under the direction of Mats Niklasson. The study provides an understanding of how historical land use can influence a restoration project. It presents a restoration proposal for the Ecopark to encourage connectivity between meadows and facilitate dissemination, thus promoting biological diversity.

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‘Rewilding’ Sweden?

Hanna Pettersson worked on her thesis, a study of rewilding as a strategy to preserve the cultural landscape and promote biodiversity, in 2014 under the leadership of Mats Niklasson. She specifically examined how rewilding projects can generate beneficial ecological, social and economic effects in a Swedish context; primarily to promote biodiversity, for conservation of cultural landscapes and to maintain or create job opportunities and sources of income for areas facing depopulation.

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Enrichment for Nordens Ark’s felines (Felidae) – an evaluation of three common forms of enrichment: ice lollies, cinnamon and rabbit droppings

Catharina Dahlqvist did her BA thesis in 2014. In her research, three different forms of enrichment were evaluated for the Pallas cat (Otocolobus manul), European wildcat (Felis silvestris silvestris), lynx (Lynx lynx), snow leopard (Uncia uncia), Amur leopard (Panthera pardus orientalis) and Amur tiger (Panthera tigris altaica). The study helps zoo parks understand how they can work to develop enrichment for their felines.

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Dusk activities of the southern pudu (Pudu puda) at Nordens Ark – a comparison between two different enclosure sizes

Emma Thulin did her BA thesis in 2014 and studied the activities of the deer species southern pudu at dusk, their active period. These animals are moved to a smaller area in their enclosure for short periods, and the aim was to study how the individuals’ behaviour was affected by this routine.

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