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  1. Conservation Psychology: A Gap in Current Australian Undergraduate Psychology Education?

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    | Contributor(s):: Elissa Pearson

    Human actions have contributed to numerous environmental challenges, including climate change and a significant loss of the world’s biodiversity. As the scientific study of human thought and behaviour, psychology has much to offer in better understanding these issues, as well as fostering...

  2. Loss of a Species – A Giant, Extinct | Thomas Hildebrandt | TEDxTUM

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    | Contributor(s):: Thomas Hildebrandt

    What happens when an animal species gets extinct? Is it due to the natural path of evolution or the thoughtless actions of humankind? Less than a century ago, hundreds of thousands of northern white rhinos roamed the landscape of Central Africa. Today, there are only three individuals left....

  3. Do human activity and infrastructure disturb domesticated reindeer? The need for the reindeer's perspective

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    | Contributor(s):: Anna Skarin, Birgitta Åhman

    In recent decades, human–Rangifer (reindeer and caribou) interactions have increasingly been studied from a scientific perspective. Many of the studies have examined Norwegian wild reindeer or caribou in North America. It is often questioned whether results from these studies can be...

  4. Short- and Long-Term Effects of Unpredictable Repeated Negative Stimuli on Japanese Quail's Fear of Humans

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    | Contributor(s):: Agathe Laurence, Sophie Lumineau, Ludovic Calandreau, Cécile Arnould, Christine Leterrier, Alain Boissy, Cécilia Houdelier

    Numerous aversive events occur in poultry production, and if repeated and unpredictable, can result in an impaired welfare. Some events such as handling can be perceived negatively and it is of interest to understand how humans' behaviour could affect poultry's behaviours and especially...

  5. When animals aren't so cuddly | Sankar Ananthanarayanan | TEDxPickeringStreet

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    | Contributor(s):: Sankar Ananthanarayanan

    When you think of Wildlife Conservation, what do you picture? Maybe you imagine a Snow Leopard pacing around the Himalayas. Or perhaps you imagine a Giant Panda munching on some bamboo. Not a lot of people would think of an endangered toad or fly! Charismatic megafauna often get a large portion...

  6. Nature experience promotes preference for and willingness to coexist with wild animals among urban and suburban residents in Malaysia

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    | Contributor(s):: Huda Farhana Mohamad Muslim, Hosaka Tetsuro, Numata Shinya, Noor Azlin Yahya

    Introduction A decline in direct experience with nature can lead to disaffection of natural environments, wildlife, and public indifference towards biodiversity conservation. This study measured on affective attitude towards wildlife (i.e., preferences for and willingness to coexist with 22...

  7. Familiarity with the experimenter influences the performance of Common ravens (Corvus corax) and Carrion crows (Corvus corone corone) in cognitive tasks

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    | Contributor(s):: Lara Cibulski, Claudia A.F. Wascher, Brigitte M.Weiß, Kurt Kotrschal

    When humans and animals interact with one another over an extended time span they familiarise and may develop a relationship, which can exert an influence on both partners. For example, the behaviour of an animal in experiments may be affected by its relationship to the human experimenter....

  8. An analysis of human-coyote relationship in metropolitan Atlanta, Ga

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    | Contributor(s):: Jeremy W. Hooper

    Human-coyote interactions are an increasing challenge for North American wildlife managers. My objectives were to: 1) provide data on the types and general spatial distribution of human-coyote interactions in metropolitan Atlanta; 2) identify landscapes associated with human-coyote...

  9. Effects of Human Disturbance on Physiology, Behavior, and Ornamentation in the Eastern Bluebird

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    | Contributor(s):: Lauren Marjorie Gillespie

    Overall, few studies have focused on anthropogenic disturbance on wildlife physiology. Research has typically focused on how environmentally contaminated areas or anthropogenic disturbance (e.g. noise, human activity) influences biodiversity, community structure and behavior of individual...

  10. Experimental Tibetan monkey domestication and its application for intraocular pressure measurement

    AIM: To train Tibetan monkey (Macaca thibetana) for intraocular pressure (IOP) measurement in conscious state and obtain normal IOP in conscious Tibetan Macaque.    METHODS: The training was based on award-conditioned behavior. Food stimulation and human-animal interaction...

  11. CONTEMPORARY MAYAN GROUPS' CONCEPTS ABOUT ANIMALS

    | Contributor(s):: Fernando Guerrero Martinez

    The concepts Mayan groups have regarding fauna involve knowledge and practices that result from sharp observation of their surroundings. This paper articulates important aspects of human-animal interaction in order to demonstrate the complexity underlying the notion of what animals mean in the...

  12. Xenotransplantation, Subsistence Hunting and the Pursuit of Health: Lessons for Animal Rights-Based Vegan Advocacy

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    | Contributor(s):: Nathan M. Nobis

    I argue that, contrary to what Tom Regan suggests, his rights view implies that subsistence hunting is wrong, that is, killing animals for food is wrong even when they are the only available food source, since doing so violates animal rights. We can see that subsistence hunting is wrong on...

  13. Human Facial Recognition by Northern Mockingbirds

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    | Contributor(s):: Jessica A. Stehlin, Janice Crook-Hill, Brad Bailey

    A number of studies have examined the ability of various animal species to recognize individual humans, but only a few have focused on native, non-captive birds. Previous research demonstrated that American Crows learn to recognize individual human faces. Other research indicated that Northern...

  14. Playing for sheep stations : a discourse analysis of wild dog management and control policy in New South Wales, Australia

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    | Contributor(s):: Penelope Margaret Marshall

    This thesis challenges the constitutive and taken-for-granted assumptions of the current dominant administrative rationalist discourse of wild dog management and control (WMDC) in New South Wales (NSW), Australia. It asks: To what extent can conflicts over WDMC in NSW be understood in terms of...

  15. 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...

  16. Beaver management in Norway : a model for continental Europe?

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    | Contributor(s):: Howard Parker, Frank Rosell

    While Norway has been managing beaver (Castor fiber) for more than 150 years, most central European countries have little experience and none are presently harvesting beaver, despite rapidly growing populations and conflicts. Here we present the Norwegian beaver management model as an example....

  17. In Vivo Safety Studies With SPBN GASGAS in the Frame of Oral Vaccination of Foxes and Raccoon Dogs Against Rabies

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    | Contributor(s):: Steffen Ortmann, Antje Kretzchmar, Christiane Kaiser, Thomas Linder, Conrad Freuling, Christian Kaiser, Peter Schuster, Thomas Mueller, Ad Vos

    In order to obtain Marketing Authorization for an oral rabies vaccine in the European Union, not only safety studies in the target species, red fox and raccoon dog, are required. Since baits are distributed unsupervised in the environment, specific safety studies in selected non-target species...

  18. Urban Sloths: Public Knowledge, Opinions, and Interactions

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    | Contributor(s):: Kissia Ferreira Pereira, Robert John Young, Vanner Boere, Ita de Oliveira e Silva

    Free-range sloths living in an urban environment are rare. In this study, opinions, attitudes, and interactions with a population of Bradypus variegatus were investigated through short, structured interviews and informal, opportunistic observations of people in the pubic square where...

  19. Dog and Cat Interactions in a Remote Aboriginal Community

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    | Contributor(s):: Brooke Kennedy, Wendy Y. Brown, Karl Vernes, Gerhard Kortner, James R.A. Butler

    This study examined dog and cat demographics, roaming behaviours, and interspecific interactions in a remote Aboriginal island community using multiple methods. Our results revealed temporal differences between the roaming behaviours of dogs, cats, and wildlife. Dogs showed crepuscular...

  20. Should the Endangered Status of the Giant Panda Really Be Reduced? The Case of Giant Panda Conservation in Sichuan, China

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    | Contributor(s):: Ben Ma, Shuo Lei, Qin Qing, Yali Wen

    The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) reduced the threat status of the giant panda from “endangered” to “vulnerable” in September 2016. In this study, we analyzed current practices for giant panda conservation at regional and local environmental...