Michael Noonan, PhD

Professor of Animal Behavior

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Crepuscular Activity Cycle in Cuvier’s Dwarf Caiman in Captivity

Murphy, K., Moretti, L.A. & Noonan, M. Crepuscular activity cycle in Cuvier’s dwarf caiman (Paleosuchus palpebrosus) in captivity. Animal Behavior Society, Burlington, Vermont, August 2007.

Cuvier’s Dwarf Caiman is a highly secretive reptile species about which very little is known. Crocodilians in general are thought to be nocturnal hunters, and the dwarf caiman has been reported to fit into that general pattern (Medem, 1981).

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A University/Aquarium Collaboration to Promote the Conservation of Marine Mammals

Vargo, A. & Noonan M. Canisius Ambassadors for Conservation: A University/Aquarium Collaboration to Promote the Conservation of Marine Mammals. European Cetacean Society, Gran Canaria (Canary Islands), March, 2003.

We report here on a program in which selected university students served as public educators with the mission to promote the conservation of marine mammals.

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Evidence of Ovarian Cyclicity Derived from Urinary Progesterone in Asiatic Elephants

Schroer, K., Hoffman, D., Randall, P., Szeliga, M., Aquilina, G. & Noonan, M. Evidence of Ovarian Cyclicity Derived from Urinary Progesterone in Asiatic Elephants. [[[[[missing journal info ]]]]]]. July, 1998.

For the past 20 months we have been collecting urine samples from the three female captive Asiatic elephants at the Buffalo Zoo. This project has two goals. First, we are attempting to see if variations in urinary progesterone reveals evidence of ovarian cyclicity. Second, we are attempting to see if urinary cortisol levels vary systematically with variations in husbandry practices. This report concerns progesterone; our findings concerning cortisol will be presented elsewhere.

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