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  1. Guided Alligator Tours Or Raccoon Schooling (GATORS)

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Paul List

    In my two main internships during college, I worked closely with two very different animals: raccoons and alligators. Additionally, I gained experience in presenting educational programs during my internship at Fripp Island, where my most common program was our Gator Walk. For my thesis...

  2. Influence of human disturbance on Western Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes verus) nesting behavior in a savanna mosaic habitat, southeastern Senegal

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Kristine Micheletti

    The human population continues to grow worldwide at an alarming rate, and, with this growth, comes expansion into new areas. These expansions can come with actions, like logging, mining, and agriculture that are harmful to the environment and the species inhabiting it. The critically endangered...

  3. Living with Bees: A Look into The Relationships Between People and Native Bees in Western Nepal

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Alexandra Cobb

    Nepal is home to four native species of bees and as many methods to produce and gather their honey. In recent decades, several domestic and international organizations and governments have researched bee populations and provided financial and technical support through subsidies, trainings, and...

  4. Impact of Human Disturbance on the Behavior and Physiology of the Endangered Ringed Sawback Turtle (Graptemys oculifera)

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Jessica Heppard

    Turtles are one of the most threatened taxa worldwide. In addition to direct anthropogenic impacts such as hunting and pollution, unintentional indirect human disturbance affects poikilothermic turtles by disrupting thermoregulatory basking behavior. In this thesis I assess the behavioral and...

  5. What Makes Dog Owners Unique? Part 2

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Emily Flavin, Hayden Furcolo, Emily Proctor, Elena Stratis

    The New Zealand Department of Conservation seeks to lessen the threat of domestic dogs to endangered coastal wildlife through awareness and intervention. Through behavioral observation, surveys, a Pet Expo, and a social media campaign, we hoped to offer the Department of Conservation new and...

  6. Social Contact in Shelter Dogs: Literature Review and Recommendations

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Christina Walthers, Lauren Faulkner, Allison Martin

    Given the large number of dogs housed in animal shelters each year, it is important to consider how the shelter environment impacts a dog’s welfare. Providing shelter-housed dogs social contact with conspecifics can increase the welfare of the dogs and benefit the shelter by increasing...

  7. Animal-Assisted Therapy to Increase Independent Reading for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Taylor L. Butts

    Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) has become a popular intervention for the health and behavioral community as evidenced by media attention. The research that has been done on AAT has been mostly qualitative and anecdotal. The current study adds to the literature on AAT by collecting quantitative...

  8. Adopt Me: An interactive video game to encourage people to adopt animals from shelters

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Ying Xing

    People buy pets and use their imagination in envisioning how their pet will ideally be, not the reality of raising a pet. More and more pets are abandoned by their owners for various reasons and the stray animals often cause accidents. But people keep purchasing animals from puppy mill stores....

  9. Green Care LuontoHoiva -laatumerkin hakuprosessin kuvaus Vaalijalan eläinavusteiselle toiminnalle

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Tanja Auvinen, Enni Leväinen, Marko Tolska

    Kehittämistyön tarkoituksena oli kuvata Green Care LuontoHoiva -laatumerkin hakuprosessi Vaalijalan eläinavusteiselle toiminnalle. Eläinavusteinen toiminta edistää hyvinvointia ja perustuu ihmisen ja eläimen väliseen vuorovaikutukseen. Vaalijala on...

  10. The Identification and Application of Generalizable Spatial Patterns of Human-Wildlife Conflict

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Vivian F. Hawkinson

    Many human-wildlife conflict studies focus on one location or one individual species or taxonomic group; fewer comparative studies analyze patterns of conflict across species and regions. As a result, numerous studies report similar conclusions across diverse cases of human-wildlife conflict. I...

  11. Horse Use and Care in Therapeutic Horseback Riding Programs

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Emily Watson

    The Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.) is an organization that offers therapeutic horseback riding (THR) and other equine-assisted activities and therapies in the United States. Research on how horses are used and cared for in PATH Intl.-affiliated...

  12. Movement in Cats

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Valerie N. Plummer

    Feral cats (Felis catus) are listed as one of the '100 world's worst invasive alien species'. There are as many as 70-100 million feral cats in the United States as well as an estimated 117-157 million domestic indoor and outdoor cats. Management efforts include a nonlethal feeding...

  13. Impacts of Elephant Crop-Raiding on Subsistence Farmers and Approaches to Reduce Human-Elephant Farming Conflict in Sagalla, Kenya

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Sophia Weinmann

    As human and elephant populations grow in Kenya, elephants increasingly leave parks to eat farmers’ crops while foraging, which creates epicenters of human-elephant conflict (HEC). This conflict compromises farmers’ food and economic security, impedes elephant conservation...

  14. Hundassisterade aktiviteter för lindrande av ensamhetskänslor : Utveckling av en handlingsmodell för lindrande av ensamhet bland hemmaboende äldre med hjälp av den sociala tjänstehunden

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Nanette Westergård-Sjölund

    Nya och innovativa metoder krävs för att effektivt kunna behandla det problem som ensamhet bland hemmaboende äldre utgör. Den demografiska utvecklingen visar att åldersgruppen äldre blir allt större i vårt land, samtidigt som den äldre...

  15. Türk kültür tarihinde at ve kurt

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Yunus Emre Seyis

    Bu çalışma, özellikle Genel Türk Tarihinden temel alınarak Türklerin yaşayışlarında, inançlarında ve kültürlerinde hayvanların etkisi ve üslubunu araştırmaktır. Bu bağlamda mevcut dönemi anlatan destan, efsane gibi edebi anlatılar olmak...

  16. The unspoken psychological issues with lesson horses and how we need to address them

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Casey Clark

    Every day all over the world horses provide much needed therapy and treatment to people in need. They provide physical, emotional, and mental training and healing. Humans depend on them for so much and we have a moral and ethical obligation to be good stewards of our equine companions. This...

  17. Animal-Assisted Intervention for Healthcare Professionals: An Occupational Therapy Facilitated Program

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Samantha Coyle, Caitlin Duggan

    Introduction: This scholarly project explores literature regarding Animal-Assisted Interventions and possible impacts on healthcare professionals. Literature published within the past two decades has emphasized the various roles and benefits that the presence of animals may provide within...

  18. The Horse: A Driving Force for the Lifestyle of Grooms

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Nicole Foright

    The fundamental components of co-occupational relationships between humans and animals and their impact on occupational identity is an area for exploration in the study of occupation. Evaluating the lives of persons whose daily occupations involve working with animals contributes to the...

  19. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Equine Assisted Therapy: An Integrative Review of the Literature

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Brittany R. Selzer

    The purpose of this integrative review of the literature is to examine the effectiveness of equine assisted therapy with individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). An extensive review of the literature was conducted regarding children diagnosed with ASD who received equine...

  20. Does Conservation Status Matter if You're Ugly? An Experimental Survey of Species Appeal and Public Support

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Natalie Theresa Redmond

    Wildlife conservation is of the utmost importance to the preservation of a healthy planet, with the extinction of wild animals increasing at previously unseen rates. However, conservation is also becoming increasingly difficult without strong public support, and this often varies in extent and...