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Behavioral management at the Phoenix Zoo: new strategies and perspectives

By H. Tresz

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It all started with a seemingly simple decision to re-evaluate and document the Phoenix Zoo's behavioral management protocol. The purpose of this project was to present proactive standards for the care and psychological well-being of our living collection, while meeting or exceeding the guidelines of the Animal Welfare Act (U. S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health and Inspection Service, Animal Care, 1999). Preparing the protocol was a catalyst to re-evaluate the zoo's philosophy and application of behavioral management. It suggested a restructuring of collection management and the rethinking of future goals and practices. Gradually, the process became more focused and organized. Behavioral enrichment, training, animal behavior issues, and exhibit architecture were embraced as essential components for providing quality of life. Staff from all levels worked side-by-side on assignments. Our way of thinking and working was changing.

Publication Title Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science
Volume 9
Issue 1
Pages 65-70
ISBN/ISSN 1088-8705
Publisher Taylor & Francis
DOI 10.1207/s15327604jaws0901_6
Language English
Author Address The Phoenix Zoo, 455 North Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, AZ 85008, USA.htresz@thephxzoo.com
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  1. Animal behavior
  2. Animal health and hygiene
  3. Animal rights
  4. Animal welfare
  5. Behavior and behavior mechanisms
  6. Employees
  7. peer-reviewed
  8. personnel
  9. Practice and service
  10. staff
  11. training of animals
  12. Zoo and captive wild animals
  13. Zoological gardens
  14. Zoos
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