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Captive Audiences: Interactions Between Visitors and Bonobos at the San Diego Zoo
| Contributor(s):: Elena Miyoko Carver
Primate exhibits in American zoological parks, especially those featuring the great apes, are among the most compelling, complex, and popular exhibits for visitors, and are a primary way the American public becomes familiar with our closest living relatives. In this study, I approach the...
Secret Psychological Revelations of Dolphins in Captivity
| Contributor(s):: Haylee Elizabeth Hilton
As with most things, the early years of Sea Animal training consisted of trials and errors, experimentations and false starts. Again, as with most things, those early efforts were analyzed and the successful efforts were kept and incorporated into the regular training routines....
Zoo Animal Welfare: The Human Dimension
| Contributor(s):: Cole, J., Fraser, D.
Pinnipeds and PTSD: An Analysis of a Human-Animal Interaction Case Study Program for a Veteran
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| Contributor(s):: Rachel A. Wortman, Theresa Vallone, Michele Karnes, Christine Walawander, Dion Daly, Bonnie Fox-Garrity
The objective of this study was to examine the impact of a pinniped (grey and harbor seals) facilitated human-animal interaction pilot program on the self-reported PTSD-like symptoms of a veteran. This study analyzed preexisting, deidentified data that represented the participant’s scores...
A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of the Campylobacter spp. Prevalence and Concentration in Household Pets and Petting Zoo Animals for Use in Exposure Assessments
| Contributor(s):: Katarina D. M. Pintar, Tanya Christidis, M. Kate Thomas, Maureen Anderson, Andrea Nesbitt, Jessica Keithlin, Barbara Marshall, Frank Pollari
Animal contact is a potential transmission route for campylobacteriosis, and both domestic household pet and petting zoo exposures have been identified as potential sources of exposure. Research has typically focussed on the prevalence, concentration, and transmission of zoonoses from farm...
The effects of zoo visitors on Quokka (Setonix brachyurus) avoidance behavior in a walk-through exhibit
| Contributor(s):: Learmonth, M. J., Sherwen, S., Hemsworth, P. H.
Cognitive Bias in Zoo Animals: An Optimistic Outlook for Welfare Assessment
| Contributor(s):: Katie Osborn, Isabella L. K. Clegg
Cognitive bias testing has emerged as one of the most valid tools in measuring animals’ affective states, and while it has been extensively applied in farm and laboratory settings, only a few studies have taken place in zoos and aquaria. This review evaluates past cognitive bias studies...
Assessment of Welfare in Zoo Animals: Towards Optimum Quality of Life
| Contributor(s):: Sarah Wolfensohn, Justine Shotton, Hannah Bowley, Sian Davies, Sarah Thompson, William S. M. Justice
Maintaining a high standard of animal welfare is essential in zoos, and methods of animal welfare assessment should aim to evaluate positive as well as negative states. The indicators that are useful in assessing these are discussed as there is huge variability in the available information...
Managing Aged Animals in Zoos to Promote Positive Welfare: A Review and Future Directions
| Contributor(s):: Bethany L. Krebs, Debra Marrin, Amy Phelps, Lana Krol, Jason V. Watters
Many animals experience physical and behavioral changes as they age. Age-related changes in physical or mental ability can limit the opportunities for animals to experience positive well-being. As animals in zoos are living longer than ever, understanding common physical, cognitive, and...
Zooveillance: Foucault Goes to the Zoo
| Contributor(s):: Irus Braverman
The last three decades have witnessed a dramatic shift in the governance of North American zoo animals. During this period, captive animal administration has transformed from a materially, geographically, and technologically limited enterprise - focused on the control of individual zoo animals...
Helminth Fauna in Captive European Gray Wolves (Canis lupus lupus) in Germany
| Contributor(s):: Johanna Daniela Bindke, Andrea Springer, Michael Böer, Christina Strube
Captive as well as free-ranging wolves, which are currently recolonizing Germany, may harbor a variety of gastrointestinal parasites. This study investigated endoparasites in captive European gray wolves (Canis lupus lupus) using coproscopical methods. Fecal samples were collected monthly...
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Island Dolphin Care
Provides unique, therapeutic, motivational and educational dolphin assisted therapy programs for children and adults with special needs and their families (and/or caregivers) through the use of innovative therapy techniques, which enables participants to discover and achieve desired goals,...
| Contributor(s):: Maya Kadota, Tadamichi Morisaka, Kazunobu Furuta, Naoki Kamezaki, Dai Oya
動物は，人の生活のいたるところに存在して いる。歴史的にもその関係は非常に深く，紀元 前一万年前の旧石器時代に描かれたというスペ イン，アルタミラ洞窟の野牛，馬，トナカイな どの壁画などからうかがい知れる。人にとって 動物は食べ物としての存在や生活を脅かす存在 であったが，歴史が進むにつれ，より多くの関 わりをもつようになる。信仰としての対象，愛 玩としての対象，家畜としての対象，生活を補 助する道具としての対象などである。
How We Train Dolphins?
| Contributor(s):: Meg Sawada
Through the internship program at Dolphin Quest Oahu (DQO), not only I have learned how to train dolphins but also I have learned the importance caring for animals with respect. Respecting marine mammal and protecting their environment can lead to marine conservation. At Dolphin Quest, we educate...
Hazards of Getting Sick from Contact with Farm Animals at Fairs and Petting Zoos
| Contributor(s):: Aurora A. Saulo
Animals exhibited at fairs, farm centers, and in petting zoos are very popular and educational, and they bring much joy to people, especially children, but in addition to warm memories of holding them, there is risk that immunocompromised people may take home harmful—even...
Unzoo: creating conservational conscience - a progressive development scheme for Johannesburg Zoo
| Contributor(s):: Bronwyn Anne Allcock
Humans and animals have a diverse and complex set of relationships but their inextricable narratives of development leave them interdependent. By understanding the human fascination with other living beings, in conjunction with our responsibility of preserving the planet, the importance of...
Behavioral Ecology of Captive Species: Using Bibliographic Information to Assess Pet Suitability of Mammal Species
| Contributor(s):: Paul Koene, Rudi M. de Mol, Bert Ipema
Which mammal species are suitable to be kept as pet? For answering this question many factors have to be considered. Animals have many adaptations to their natural environment in which they have evolved that may cause adaptation problems and/or risks in captivity. Problems may be visible in...
The role of zoos and aquariums in education for a sustainable future
| Contributor(s):: Jan Packer, Roy Ballantyne
This chapter explores visitors' environmental learning in zoos and aquariums, inclusive of narrative accounts that demonstrate the impact of such experiences in the lives of visitors regarding the process and outcomes.