Tigers chill out to Classic FM at Noah's Ark Zoo Farm
TIGERS and lions at Noah's Ark Zoo Farm are chilling out listening to the tunes of Classic FM.
Keepers at the farm at Wraxall have been experimenting with audio enrichment to benefit the daily lives of big cats, rhinos and giraffes by playing different radio stations and monitoring the effects on behaviour.
Classic FM has become a favourite of the tigers and lions, with the big felines often seen rolling playfully on the floor and snoozing when their Keepers play the station inside their house.
However, Rumbull and Rumba the white rhinos appear to prefer the more up-beat tempo of Kiss and Heart FM, often standing listening with their heads through their fence to get closer to the radio.
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Big cat keeper, Emma Godsell, has been monitoring her animals' response to music and said: "We've been experimenting with playing background music inside the Big Cat Sanctuary as there's some evidence to show that classical music has a calming effect on tigers and lions.
"Classic FM seems to have gone down well with Tiana and Khan our tigers, and the lion brothers Zulu and Masai.
" I often see them chilling out on their beds or dozing on the floor when it's playing."
Audio enrichment is just one of the forms of variety keepers working with the larger exotic animals build into their daily routines to promote physical and mental wellbeing and stimulation.