Human- Wildlife Conflict - The case of elephant at Mole National Park
Theses | Contributor(s): Zodiac Akenten
Conflicts between wildlife and humans, particularly people who share immediate boundaries with protected areas, are common phenomenon. Declining wildlife resources has been linked to human actions through overexploitation, habitat destruction, and habitat fragmentation among others. Local people...
Distribution Patterns of Human Elephant Conflict in Areas Adjacent to Rungwa Game Reserve, Tanzania
Theses | Contributor(s): Wilbright Munuo
Human pressure on terrestrial ecosystems has caused loss and fragmentation of habitats for wildlife species. That has brought humans and wildlife in close proximity intensifying human wildlife conflicts, especially when wild animals with wide home ranges, such as African and Asian elephants, are...
Evaluation of animal welfare in dogs working with animal assisted interventions for elderly people with dementia
Theses | Contributor(s): Borghild Njaerheim Barstad
Animal assisted interventions (AAI) have a beneficial effect on human health, but little research is done on the impact this kind of work has on the animals involved. The aim of this study is to evaluate the welfare of dogs working with AAI for elderly people with dementia during a period of 12...
The "tail" of ARF
Theses | Contributor(s): Hannah Barrick
The Animal Rescue Fund (ARF) is a no kill, nonprofit animal shelter in the Muncie Community. Having worked previously with ARF through the Virginia B. Ball Center for Creative Inquiry, I decided to help the organization further by fulfilling its need for an informative and promotional video to...
The importance of zoos : a three-fold look at conservation, education and animal husbandry in AZA-accredited zoological facilities
Theses | Contributor(s): Jennifer Richardson
Zoological facilities accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) play an important role in society. They provide a positive animal experience for guests while also offering a safe and healthy home to animals that would not otherwise be able to survive. AZA zoos and aquariums work...
Reflections about raising a leader dog for the blind vs. fostering Muncie Animal Rescue Fund dogs : an honors thesis
Theses | Contributor(s): Joan A. Studnicky
Dogs are used for so many purposes in today's world. They are used to hunt, search for and rescue endangered individuals, keep our country safe by sniffing out bombs and drugs, entertain us in dog shows, lead the blind, or simply provide companionship.Dogs are of particular interest to me. I...
Social behavior of domestic dogs and cats as compared to wild canine and feline species : an honors thesis
Theses | Contributor(s): Anthony W. Rusk
With the help of animal behavioralists, parallels have been drawn between domestic dogs and cats and their wild cousins. In some respects, social behavior in domestic animals has remained similar to characteristics found in wild animals. General observations of social conduct have been examined....
How much is that doggie in the window : the true cost of puppy mills
Theses | Contributor(s): Megan Daiker
Each year, over a million dogs are euthanized in shelters while millions of dogs are bred in puppy mills all over the country. Without sufficient regulation, both the dogs being bred and the puppies sold are victims of dozens of injuries and health concerns. The dogs in puppy mills are bred...
A therapeutic touch: the impact of hippotherapy on children with special needs
Theses | Contributor(s): Elizabeth J. Burkholder
Through research and investigation, the author explored the history and benefits of hippotherapy on individuals with special needs. The researcher compared horse therapy to that of other forms of Animal Assisted Therapy, or AAT, defining the key differences between hippotherapy and therapeutic...
Landscape barkitecture : guidelines for behaviorally, mentally and physically responsive dog parks
Theses | Contributor(s): Carla I. Corbin
In response to the growing dilemma surrounding urban companion animal management, municipalities are beginning to designate specific locations to offer dogs an opportunity to play, socialize, and exercise off-leash. Current dog park establishment practices utilized by municipalities typically...
A partnership of harmony : the history basis for and the contemporary analysis of natural horsemanship : an honors thesis
Theses | Contributor(s): Leslie H. Smith
The horse world is a booming industry. Horses have come into their own as companion animals and are now treated as family members instead of pieces of machinery. The development of the equine industry has allowed people with different styles of training to create lucrative livings dealing with...
Improving the nation's animal shelters: a path to no-kill: an honors thesis
Theses | Contributor(s): Amanda N. Butts
Issues dealing with animals are commonly overlooked and ignored by the public and by the government. This is why there are so many problems with the animal shelters in this country. This holds true in Muncie, where the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Delaware County was...
Horse breeds and their uses
Theses | Contributor(s): Hanin G. Alghamdi
Horses are important animals to human beings. For a long time, horses have been companions for humans. They have been a symbol of power, affluence, authority, and might. It has been reported that humans began the process of domesticating horses around the year 4000 BCE. Since then, humans have...
A review of the impacts and benefits of human-animal relationships
Theses | Contributor(s): Mariah Howell
Animals, both domestic and non-domestic, have played a crucial role in our social history for thousands of years. They appear in myths and literature dating from the prehistoric times to the present, and are vital to human culture, economy, and psychology. A review of the existing literature has...
The Effects of Different Lifestyles of Dog Owners with on their Purchasing Behaviors of Pet Goods
Theses | Contributor(s): Huang Yu Hui
The main purpose of this study is to explore whether dog owners purchasing behaviors for pet goods would be affected due to their different lifestyles. First, the researcher conducts literature reviews, collecting relevant information to design questionnaires. Second, the researcher collects the...
Adolescents' health promotion by Equine Assisted Activities
Theses | Contributor(s): Hanna Hyvonen
The aim of this thesis was adolescents’ health promotion by supporting their empowerment. The fundamental aspect in health promotion is that it aims to empower people. Equine Assisted Activities (or EAA) provide different possibilities for adolescents’ welfare and health promotion....
Equine Assisted Activities in Finland : The current situation from the point of view of the people working in the field
Theses | Contributor(s): Miia Hirvonen
The topic of this Bachelor’s Thesis is Equine Assisted Activities in Finland – The current situation from the point of view of the people working in the field. The author’s personal interest in the subject is based on her own experiences in equine industry combined with...
Dog Park Renovation Plan
Theses | Contributor(s): Dario Vidal Pellikka
Green areas play an important role in modern society. As cities expand rapidly, green areas become more important, desirable, and attractive for society. In order to offer an adequate environment, all sectors have to be considered in the planning; children, the handicapped, the elderly, and even...
Dog-Assisted Interventions In Mental Health Rehabilitation
Theses | Contributor(s): Tiina Muros
The topic of this Bachelor’s Thesis is Dog-Assisted Interventions in mental health rehabilitation. It was carried out as a practice-based thesis work with a working life partner. The purpose of the thesis was to activate young mental rehabilitation clients by using calming, motivating and...
Endangered animals in wildlife tourism : A study of young female traveller attitudes
Theses | Contributor(s): Jenna Jussila
This thesis is built around the discussion of wildlife welfare and animal ethics in a tourism setting. Although not being properly explored by academics, the topic of ethical wildlife use in tourism has been increasingly raised in social media. Websites such as www.tourismconcern.org.uk and...