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  1. Effects of temporary captivity on ranging behaviour in urban red foxes (Vulpes vulpes)

    Contributor(s):: Tolhurst, Bryony, Grogan, Adam, Hughes, Heather, Scott, Dawn

    Temporary removal of wild animals from a resident territory has the potential to markedly impact subsequent ranging behaviour, and may negatively affect post-release welfare and survival. Admission of sick or injured wildlife into temporary captivity (termed ‘rehabilitation’) is a common practice...

  2. Behavioral and spatial responses of captive coyotes to human activity

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    | Contributor(s):: Schultz, Jeffrey T., Young, Julie K.

    Human interactions can alter an animal’s behavior and utilization of its surroundings, and how this impacts the welfare of some captive wild animals is of growing concern. Structural enrichment shelters offer weather protection, reprieve space from other animals or humans, or resting...

  3. Female social behaviour during three male introductions in captive groups of rhesus macaques

    | Contributor(s):: Rox, Astrid, de Vries, Han, Louwerse, Annet L., Sterck, Elisabeth H. M.

    Introductions of new males into captive primate groups are often necessary to prevent inbreeding, but also bear high social risks. To minimize these risks, it is crucial to understand the social behaviour accompanying male introductions. While the behaviour of new males is generally understood,...

  4. The individual courtship behaviour of male European mink (Mustela lutreola) is a good indicator for their breeding success

    | Contributor(s):: Kneidinger, Nadja, Nagl, Astrid, Kiik, Kairi, Schwarzenberger, Franz, Maran, Tiit

    Conservation breeding of the critically endangered European mink (Mustela lutreola) is a challenge, because the genetically prioritised breeding pairs often fail to mate during the staged breeding attempts. For this study the courtship and mating behaviour of 33 males and the response behaviour...

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. Is interactive technology a relevant and effective enrichment for captive great apes?

    | Contributor(s):: Kim-McCormack, Nicky N. E., Smith, Carolynn L., Behie, Alison M.

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  11. 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...

  12. Reconsidering coprophagy as an indicator of negative welfare for captive chimpanzees

    | Contributor(s):: Hopper, Lydia M., Freeman, Hani D., Ross, Stephen R.

    For captive chimpanzees, 'abnormal' behaviours include behaviours observed only in captivity (i.e. species-atypical behaviours) and those that are performed at higher rates in captivity compared to in the wild. Both types are used as metrics for evaluating captive primates' welfare....

  13. Determining the effects of duration and recency of exposure to environmental enrichment

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    | Contributor(s):: Ahlbeck Bergendahl, Ida, Salvanes, Anne Gro V., Braithwaite, Victoria A.

    Experience can help animals adapt their behaviour to fit the environment or conditions that they find themselves in. Understanding how and when experience affects behaviour is important for the animals we rear in captivity. This is particularly true when we rear animals with the intent of...

  14. Consumption of whole cottonseed by white-tailed deer and nontarget species

    | Contributor(s):: Taylor, Benjamin D., Lyons, Eddie K., Rollins, Dale, Scott, Cody B., Huston, James E., Taylor, Charles A.

  15. Preference of white-tailed deer for corn hybrids and agricultural husbandry practices during the growing season

    | Contributor(s):: Delger, J. A., Monteith, K. L., Schmitz, L. E., Jenks, J. A.

  16. The Ethical Disconnect of the Circus: Humanity's acceptance of Performing Elephants

    | Contributor(s):: Jaynes, Mike

  17. 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...

  18. 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,...

  19. 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...

  20. 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...