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Professor and student study tiger in enclosure.

Lions and tigers and theses, oh my!

Student Stories

Dr. Carrie Doyle and her biology student Sylvia Ramsey, both of Bellarmine University, conduct research for Ramsey’s thesis at Indiana's Exotic Feline Rescue Center, home to nearly 150 large cats, many recovering from abuse and neglect. Doyle and Ramsey spent 10 days researching the effects of positive enrichment on cortisol levels and gut microbiome in a cohort of ten female tigers.

 

More Big Cats

Indiana's Exotic Feline Rescue Center
Student and professor study tiger in an enclosure at Indiana's Exotic Feline Rescue Center
Tiger with its mouth open showing its teeth
Student and professor studying fecal samples from big cats at the Indiana's Exotic Feline Rescue Center
Samples collected from Indiana's Exotic Feline Rescue Center
Tiger jumping
Tiger playing with a pumpkin filled with chicken meat
Dr. Carrie Doyle and her biology student Sylvia Ramsey at Indiana's Exotic Feline Rescue Center
Tiger at Indiana's Exotic Feline Rescue Center
Student and professor studying big cats in their enclosures
Close up of tiger's face

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