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Animal Stress pp 245-267 | Cite as

Influence of Stress on Reproduction: Measure of Well-being

  • Gary P. Moberg

Abstract

Reproduction can serve as a barometer of animal well-being. Whenever a group of animals stops reproducing, researchers begin to examine various aspects of their well-being. Do they have sufficient food? Are they too crowded? Is housing adequate? Are the animals being stressed? Scientists feel justified in making this correlation between well-being and successful reproduction, because reproduction is one of the most basic drives for all animals. When an animal fails to reproduce, not only is its genetic potential lost, but survival of an entire group may be jeopardized. To prevent such a consequence, an animal will make considerable physiological sacrifices to ensure reproductive success; only the most severe threats to its well-being will prevent the animal from reproducing.

Keywords

Sexual Behavior Luteinizing Hormone Estrous Cycle Social Stress Adrenal Axis 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gary P. Moberg
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Animal Science and California Primate Research CenterUniversity of CaliforniaDavisUSA

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