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  1. Controlling the Uncontrollable: a Grounded Discursive Study of the Human-Animal Relationship “Captured” in the Rogue Elephant

    Contributor(s):: Granden, Michelle

  2. Human-Animal Communication in Captive Species: Dogs, Horses, and Whales

    Contributor(s):: Mackenzie K. Kelley

    My hopes for this project are to collect and analyze the current research in the field of animal communication. In the first part, my goal is to define animal communication, specifically within human contexts. I will look at how the history of humans and certain species have intertwined to result...

  3. Meeting and merging: painting animal/human encounters with medicine

    Contributor(s):: Jo Voysey

    My work focuses on the expressive potential of medicinal remedies as a medium for painting. My exploration is concentrated on aspects of the human relationship to animals in captivity and stems from a relationship I had with a caged bear when I was living in Georgia, Eastern Europe in 2011. The...

  4. BLAZE: Bettering the lives of animals in zoo environments

    Contributor(s):: Logan Anbinder, Amelia Cordell, Gretchen Downey, Kelly Freudenberger, Shabaab Kamal, Thao Khuc, Joshua Lacey, Caitlin Moore, Emmarie Myers, Andrea Schmidt

    Captivity can induce high levels of stress in zoo animals, leading to health and behavioral problems that hamper conservation efforts, reduce the effectiveness of education, and negatively affect animal welfare. Zoos employ environmental enrichment to mitigate stress, but the effectiveness of...

  5. Re-designing Dhaka Zoo

    Contributor(s):: Wafa Akhter

    We grow up learning about animals. When we were young the sight of an elephant or monkey excited us and amused us. Then as we grow older life tends to be busy and slowly through the process we start forgetting about the animals that taught us about alphabets, the animals that played with us...

  6. Conservation, Captivity, and Whaling: A Survey of Belize Whalewatching Tourists' Attitudes to Cetacean Conservation Issues

    Contributor(s):: Katheryn W. Patterson

    With whalewatching activities and associated expenditures increasing annually,  governments in coastal countries possess a large vested interest in the continued growth  and protection of whale populations and the associated tourism. In 2007 and 2008, a  survey investigating...

  7. The effects of enrichment on the physical and psychological health of two related species at the Toronto Zoo

    Contributor(s):: Sarah Malin

    The cumulative effects of environmental destruction have resulted in the unavoidable need for captive animal institutions that house captive animals for a multitude of reasons. Regardless of the reason for placing these species in captivity, the physical and psychological health implications of...

  8. The Call of the Wild (And the Caged): The Impact of a Zoo's Exhibition Styles on the Attitudes of Its Human Visitors

    Contributor(s):: Erin S. Behn

    Modern zoos provide many visitors with the only direct interaction possible with many non-human species. Zoos can therefore present conservation messaging in a uniquely animal-relevant context, but questions remain regarding how the presentation of captive animals influences human...

  9. Corporate Responsibility, Ethics, and Animal Welfare

    Contributor(s):: Elizabeth A. Gray

    Do organizations that keep wild animals in captivity owe them moral consideration? This thesis provides a historical overview of the moral consideration provided to animals and analyzes present-day philosophical writing. The representative contemporary ethical frameworks include utilitarianism,...

  10. Animal Enrichment Strategies for Promoting Natural Behaviors in Captive Populations of Tasmanian Devils (Sarcophilus harrisii)

    Contributor(s):: Tierney O\'neal

    The population of Tasmanian devils (Sarcophilus harrisii) is in rapid decline due to Devil Facial Tumour Disease, and insurance populations have been created in captivity for potential future introduction into the wild. Many problems can arise within captive animal populations including loss of...

  11. Analyzing Big Cat Behaviors in an Artificial Environment

    Contributor(s):: Krystal Ostrowski

    The purpose of this research is, to observe big cat behaviors at The Exotic Feline Rescue Center, and analyze these behaviors in comparison to known behaviors, to see the affects an artificial environment has on these cats. In this study the term artificial environment refers to anything outside...

  12. From the Bronx into the Wild! My Adventurous Experience at the Bronx Zoo

    Contributor(s):: Lauren Noll

    Many people defend zoos, claiming that they provide great opportunities in education, scientific research, and the overall preservation of wildlife worldwide. However, many people will take the opposing side, arguing that it is wrong to deprive animals of their natural habitats and lifestyles....