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  1. Exotic animal companions and the personality of their owners

    Contributor(s):: Hergovich, A., Mauerer, I., Riemer, V.

    The present study explored sex-specific differences in the Big Five factors of personality between different pet ownership groups, in order to understand individual differences in the choice of companion animals. A total of 250 pet owners completed a German version of the NEO-Five Factor...

  2. All creatures great and minute: a public policy primer for companion animal zoonoses

    Contributor(s):: Reaser, J. K., Clark, E. E., Jr., Meyers, N. M.

    Approximately 63% of US households have at least one pet, a large percentage of which are considered family members. Pet owners can derive substantial physical and psychological benefits from interaction with companion animals. However, pet ownership is not without risks; zoonotic diseases are...

  3. Compendium of measures to prevent disease associated with animals in public settings, 2009 National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians, Inc. (NASPHV)

    Certain venues encourage or permit the public to be in contact with animals, resulting in millions of human-animal interactions each year. These settings include county or state fairs, petting zoos, animal swap meets, pet stores, zoologic institutions, circuses, carnivals, educational farms,...

  4. Important ethological and other considerations of the study and maintenance of reptiles in captivity

    Contributor(s):: Warwick, C.

  5. Observations on disease-associated preferred body temperatures in reptiles

    Contributor(s):: Warwick, C.

    Case studies of disease in reptiles held privately and in other collections over a 12-year period implied that while behaviourally thermoregulated, and imposed, warmer temperatures appeared often to assist recovery; in other cases imposed warmer temperatures accelerated the disease, resulting in...

  6. Olfactory awareness

    Contributor(s):: Sommerville, B. A., Broom, D. M.

  7. Reptilian ethology in captivity: observations of some problems and an evaluation of their aetiology

    Contributor(s):: Warwick, C.

  8. Physiological and behavioural effects of handling and restraint in the ball python ( Python regius ) and the blue-tongued skink ( Tiliqua scincoides )

    Contributor(s):: Kreger, M. D., Mench, J. A.

    Four handling techniques commonly used with snakes and lizards in zoological park reptile collections were evaluated with respect to animal well-being. Adult male blue-tongued skinks (n = 3) and ball pythons (n = 4) were either handled gently, restrained manually, or container restrained for 10...

  9. Behavioral considerations of headstarting as a conservation strategy for endangered Caribbean rock iguanas. (Special Issue: Conservation, enrichment and animal behavior.)

    Contributor(s):: Alberts, A. C.

    Headstarting animals in captivity prior to reintroduction into the wild has proven to be a valuable strategy in the conservation of critically endangered Caribbean rock iguanas (genus Cyclura). However, a major concern associated with headstarting programs is that some animals reared in a captive...

  10. Attitudes towards dogs and other "pets" in Roseau, Dominica

    Contributor(s):: Alie, K., Davis, B. W., Fielding, W. J., Galindo Maldonado, F.

    This paper reports on the findings of interviews on attitudes towards pet care with 241 heads of households in Roseau, the capital of The Commonwealth of Dominica. Parrots and dogs were the two most preferred animals, and snakes were least liked; however, few respondents (0.8

  11. Human-pet dynamics in cross-cultural perspective

    Contributor(s):: Gray, P. B., Young, S. M.

    Pets increasingly serve the function as emotional surrogates of children, with tremendous resources poured into their care. However, this function of pets may be quite different from the typical human-pet dynamics characterizing a wider array of societies. To help fill a gap in the cross-cultural...

  12. Sea monsters and mermaids in Scottish folklore: can these tales give us information on the historic occurrence of marine animals in Scotland?

    Contributor(s):: Parsons, E. C. M.

    The folklore of the highlands and islands of Scotland includes many stories about sightings of sea monsters and mermaids. However, several of these stories contain descriptions of unusual features that are also distinct characteristics of living marine animals, notably manatees (Trichechus spp.),...

  13. Annual intake trends of a large urban animal rehabilitation centre in South Africa: a case study

    Contributor(s):: Wimberger, K., Downs, C. T.

    Each year, worldwide, large numbers of wild animals are taken to rehabilitation centres for treatment, care and release. Although analysis of intake records may provide valuable insight into the threats and impacts to wildlife, there are few such published reports. Four years of intake records...

  14. Could empathy for animals have been an adaptation in the evolution of Homo sapiens ?

    Contributor(s):: Bradshaw, J. W. S., Paul, E. S.

    In humans, empathy has emotional and cognitive components, both of which are linked to caring and nurturant behaviour. Variations in each of these facets of empathy were likely to have been accessible to natural selection during the evolution of Homo, although the likely details of their...

  15. Environmental enrichment for captive Eastern blue-tongue lizards ( Tiliqua scincoides )

    Contributor(s):: Phillips, C. J. C., Jiang, Z., Hatton, A. J., Tribe, A., Bouar, M. le, Guerlin, M., Murray, P. J.

    Eastern blue-tongue lizards (Tiliqua scincoides) are kept in zoos and increasingly commonly as exotic pets, but little is known about improving their welfare by enrichment of their environment. Using nine animals kept individually in cages provided with a brick for basking and a pipe for hiding,...

  16. Animals and Neolithic schematic art in southern France: Between the real and the ideal

    Contributor(s):: Hameau, Philippe

  17. Bushmen and herpetofauna : notes on amphibians and reptiles traded in bush-meat markets of local people in the Niger delta (Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria)

    Contributor(s):: Akani, Godfrey C., Luiselli, Luca, Angelici, Francesco M., Politano, Edoardo

  18. Deer and snakes in the funeral mythology of the Iberian megalithic

    Contributor(s):: Ramirez, Primitiva Bueno, Behrmann, Rodrigo de Balbin

  19. Hallan Cemi Tepesi: High-ranked Game Exploitation alongside Intensive Seed Processing at the Epipaleolithic-Neolithic Transition in Southeastern Turkey

    Contributor(s):: Starkovich, Britt M., Stiner, Mary C.

  20. Pet ownership among persons with AIDS in three Florida counties

    Contributor(s):: Conti, L., Lieb, S., Liberti, T., Wiley-Bayless, M., Hepburn, K., Diaz, T.