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  1. Cat: Empirical modelling of Felis catus population dynamics in the UK

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    | Contributor(s):: McDonald, J., Finka, L., Foreman-Worsley, R., Skillings, E., Hodgson, D.

    Domestic cats are popular companion animals, however not all live in human homes and many cats live within shelters or as free-roaming, unowned- feral or stray cats. Cats can transition between these subpopulations, but the influence of this connectivity on overall population dynamics, and the...

  2. Companion Animal Fostering as Health Promotion: A Literature Review

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    | Contributor(s):: Roseveare, C., Breheny, M., Mansvelt, J., Murray, L., Wilkie, M., Gates, M. C.

    There is growing interest in the health-promoting potential of human-companion animal relationships from a broad public health perspective while acknowledging barriers to ownership, particularly for older adults. Companion animal fostering is an alternative to pet ownership that aligns with the...

  3. Pet Ownership in Aotearoa New Zealand: A National Survey of Cat and Dog Owner Practices

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    | Contributor(s):: Forrest, Rachel, Awawdeh, Leena, Pearson, Maria, Waran, Natalie

    This study used an online survey distributed between January and March 2019 to adults residing in Aotearoa New Zealand (NZ) to investigate cat and dog owner practices. Of the 2385 respondents, 885 (37%) owned both cat/s and dog/s, while 652 (28%) and 609 (26%) owned cat/s only or dog/s only,...

  4. Furred and feathered friends: how attached are zookeepers to the animals in their care?

    | Contributor(s):: Melfi, V., Skyner, L., Birke, L., Ward, S. J., Shaw, W. S., Hosey, G.

    Keeper-animal relationships (KARs) appear to be important in zoos, since they can enhance the well-being of both the animals and the keepers, can make animal husbandry easier, but conversely might risk inappropriate habituation of animals and possible risks to the safety of keepers. It is,...

  5. Potential Owner-Related Risk Factors That May Contribute to Obesity in Companion Dogs in Aotearoa New Zealand

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    | Contributor(s):: Forrest, Rachel, Awawdeh, Leena, Esam, Fiona, Pearson, Maria, Waran, Natalie

    Approximately a third of all Aotearoa New Zealand (NZ) households include a dog, with 28% of these dogs being overweight or obese, conditions that are associated with many serious health issues. Therefore, healthy weight interventions that focus on the owner’s role are of great importance...

  6. Locking down the impact of New Zealand's COVID-19 alert level changes on pets

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    | Contributor(s):: Esam, F., Forrest, R., Waran, N.

    The influence of the COVID-19 pandemic on human-pet interactions within New Zealand, particularly during lockdown, was investigated via two national surveys. In Survey 1, pet owners (n = 686) responded during the final week of the five-week Alert Level 4 lockdown (highest level of restrictions -...

  7. Vulnerable articulations: the opportunities and challenges of illness and recovery

    | Contributor(s):: Trundle, C., Gibson, H., Bell, L.

  8. Keeper/orangutan interactions at Auckland Zoo: Communication, friendship, and ethics between species

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    | Contributor(s):: Alexandra Palmer

    This thesis is aimed at addressing debates within and beyond anthropology pertaining to humans' relationships with nonhuman great apes. Employing a hybrid methodology derived from ethnoprimatology, I use a combination of historical, ethnographic, and ethological data to examine...

  9. Mechanisms of Change for Children Participating in Therapeutic Horse Riding: A Grounded Theory

    | Contributor(s):: Martin, R. A., Graham, F. P., Taylor, W. J., Levack, W. M. M.

  10. The 'Feline Five': An exploration of personality in pet cats (Felis catus)

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    | Contributor(s):: Carla A. Litchfield, Gillian Quinton, Hayley Tindle, Belinda Chiera, K. Heidy Kikillus, Philip Roetman

    The idea of animals possessing personalities was once dismissed by the scientific community, but has since gained traction with evidence for potential application to improve captive animal management and welfare. Although domestic cats are popular companion animals, research has tended to...

  11. Epidemiology of Musculoskeletal Injury during Racing on New Zealand Racetracks 2005–2011

    | Contributor(s):: Charlotte Bolwell, Chris Rogers, Erica Gee, Wayne Mcllwraith

    There is currently limited information on the types, or risk, of injuries occurring for horses racing in flat races in New Zealand. Race reports and records from six racing seasons were used to determine the reasons why horses failed to finish a race. In total, 544 horses failed to complete a...

  12. Wild Connection: How Do We Connect With Animals? | Leila Goulet | TEDxRoseburg

    We have all had an experience with an animal at some point in our lives… How have these experiences shaped the way we view and interact with living things? What can we do to be the voice of so many vanishing species? In this talk, personal wildlife conservation stories will be explored,...

  13. Caregiver/orangutan relationships at Auckland Zoo: empathy, friendship, and ethics between species

    | Contributor(s):: Palmer, A., Malone, N., Park, J.

    Drawing on ethnographic, ethological, and historical data, we examined the relationships between orangutans and caregivers at Auckland Zoo. Caregivers displayed high levels of empathy and adjusted their husbandry routines to their interpretations of the orangutans' moods. Caregivers...

  14. A Survey of Public Opinion on Cat (Felis catus) Predation and the Future Direction of Cat Management in New Zealand

    | Contributor(s):: Jessica K Walker, Stephanie J Bruce, Arnja R Dale

    Cat predation is a prominent issue in New Zealand that provokes strong and opposing views. We explored, via 1011 face-to-face questionnaires, public opinion on (a) support for a National Cat Management Strategy (78% support); (b) concern regarding predation of wildlife by owned and un-owned cats...

  15. Analysis of Failure to Finish a Race in a Cohort of Thoroughbred Racehorses in New Zealand

    | Contributor(s):: Jasmine Tanner, Chris Rogers, Charlotte Bolwell, Naomi Cogger, Erica Gee, Wayne McIlwraith

    The objective was to describe the incidence of failure to finish a race in flat-racing Thoroughbreds in New Zealand as these are summary indicators of falls, injuries and poor performance. Retrospective data on six complete flat racing seasons (n = 188,615 race starts) of all Thoroughbred flat...

  16. The Management of Horses during Fireworks in New Zealand

    | Contributor(s):: Gabriella Gronqvist, Chris Rogers, Erica Gee

    Within popular press there has been much coverage of the negative effects associated with firework and horses. The effect of fireworks has been documented in companion animals, yet no studies have investigated the negative effects, or otherwise, of fireworks on horses. This study aims to document...

  17. How does dog-walking influence perceptions of health and wellbeing in healthy adults? A qualitative dog-walk-along study

    | Contributor(s):: Campbell, K., Smith, C. M., Tumilty, S., Cameron, C., Treharne, G. J.

    The aim of this study was to explore perceptions of health and wellbeing related to dog-walking in healthy adults. Ten self-reported healthy adult dog-walkers took part in one dog-walk-along interview, and nine of the 10 participants also attended one follow-up participatory analysis session....

  18. The potential for commercial deer farming in New Zealand

    | Contributor(s):: Michael P. McIntyre

    New Zealand's wild deer herds are sizable and free for the taking, but given this response to the opportunity for free enterprise profits by commercial hunters, and with the realization that bigger markets than that of West Germany might well be opened up, government planners are beginning to...

  19. Dusky dolphin (Lagenorhynchus obscurus) behavior and human interactions: implications for tourism and aquaculture

    | Contributor(s):: Nicholas Matthew Thomson Duprey

    Interactions between humans and dusky dolphins in the coastal waters of New Zealand are increasing. My research focused on tourism interactions, with Kaikoura as the study site; and, on habitat use in an active aquaculture area, with Admiralty Bay as the study site. In Kaikoura, companies engaged...

  20. Framing Possums: War, sport and patriotism in depictions of brushtail possums in New Zealand print media

    | Contributor(s):: Ally McCrow-Young, Tobias Linne, Annie K. Potts

    There is a common saying in Aotearoa New Zealand: ‘the only good possum is a dead possum’. This colloquialism demonstrates much about the negative reputation and maltreatment of brushtail possums in New Zealand. Introduced to this country from their native Australia in the 1800s,...