Individual hunting behaviour and prey specialisation in the house cat Felis catus: implications for conservation and management
Contributor(s):: Dickman, C. R., Newsome, T. M.
Predators are often classed as prey specialists if they eat a narrow range of prey types, or as generalists if they hunt multiple prey types. Yet, individual predators often exhibit sex, size, age or personality-related differences in their diets that may alter the impacts of predation on...
A "how-to" guide for designing judgment bias studies to assess captive animal welfare
Contributor(s):: Bethell, E. J.
Robust methods to assess nonhuman animal emotion are essential for ensuring good welfare in captivity. Cognitive bias measures such as the judgment bias task have recently emerged as promising tools to assess animal emotion. The simple design and objective response measures make judgment bias...
Salmonella in pets: the risk to children
Contributor(s):: Finlay, F., Furnell, C., Ridley, P.
Perceptions of zoo visitors about the suitability of Geochelone elegans as a pet based on exhibit design
Contributor(s):: Shannon Marie Mckinney
Globally, the pet trade plays an active role in society even though many of the species involved are not always ideal pets. Zoos and other institutes may inadvertently contribute to the problem by housing animals in exhibits which may mislead the public about an animal's suitability as a pet....
A Review of Common Diseases in Captive Reptiles
Contributor(s):: Michael Lindeen, John Haupert
Reptiles, as both pets and as laboratory animals, are becoming more popular. The small "dime store" turtle or red eared turtle has been popular for a long time, but making their way into homes are such reptiles as boa constrictors, garter snakes, black snakes, box turtles, caiman,...
Frog Swarms: Earthquake Precursors or False Alarms?
Contributor(s):: Rachel A. Grant, Hilary Conlan
In short-term earthquake risk forecasting, the avoidance of false alarms is of utmost importance to preclude the possibility of unnecessary panic among populations in seismic hazard areas. Unusual animal behaviour prior to earthquakes has been reported for millennia but has rarely been...
An Attempt at Captive Breeding of the Endangered Newt Echinotriton andersoni, from the Central Ryukyus in Japan
Contributor(s):: Takeshi Igawa, Hirotaka Sugawara, Miyuki Tado, Takuma Nishitani, Atsushi Kurabayashi, Mohammed Mafizul Islam, Shohei Oumi, Seiki Katsuren, Tamotsu Fujii, Masayuki Sumida
Anderson’s crocodile newt (Echinotriton andersoni) is distributed in the Central Ryukyu Islands of southern Japan, but environmental degradation and illegal collection over the last several decades have devastated the local populations. It has therefore been listed as a class B1 endangered...
Contributor(s):: Allen, Daniel
Pleeease mommy, can I have one?
Contributor(s):: Pfaff, Leslie Garisto
The danger of contracting salmonellosis from exotic pets
Contributor(s):: Paul, Siba Prosad, Wilkinson, Rachel, Hawes, Dorothy
Clinical digest. Reptiles kept as pets pose salmonella risk to young children
Are you treating all creatures great and small?
Contributor(s):: Cope, I.
The exotic pet turning up in the waiting room of the local practice is a growing trend. Their owners expect veterinarians to be able to see and triage most species, but is this a fair expectation? Should vets be able to see and treat all creatures great and small or are those days of James...
The Cayman Turtle Farm: why we can't have our green turtle and eat it too
Contributor(s):: D'Cruze, N., Alcock, R., Donnelly, M.
The Cayman Turtle Farm (CTF) is the only facility in the world that commercially produces green sea turtles ( Chelonia mydas) for human consumption. The CTF has operated at a significant financial loss for much of its 45 years history and is maintained by substantial Cayman Island Government...
Barriers to Live Animal Handling Training for Zoo Volunteers
Contributor(s):: Susanne C. Tygielski
Zoos and museums utilize docents, or volunteer educators, to help educate and entertain visitors through live animal demonstrations. Preparing volunteers to handle live animals is complex because volunteers must learn animal handling techniques, emergency protocols, interpretive material, be able...
Human-Animal Interaction Research Initiative (HAIRI)
HAIRI uses an interdisciplinary approach to understand and promote the health and well-being of both human and non-human animals in symbiotic relationships through research, education, and outreach. We envision HAIRI as a leading authority in human-animal interactions, advancing mutualistic...
Animals and Us
Contributor(s):: Harold Herzog
Animals and Us focuses on the psychology and ethics of our relationships with members of other species.
Genies of the Opacity of Human-Animal Relationships in Kakande, Guinea
Contributor(s):: Vincent Leblan, Blandine Bricka
This article investigates what it means for some inhabitants of northwestern Guinea to relate to the realm of 'nature' and, more specifically, to animals that are categorized as 'wild' by Westerners. The materials analysed in this article include villagers' narratives about...
Less common house pets
Contributor(s):: Chomel, B. B., Schlossberg, D.
This chapter focuses on the major health threats associated with exposure of humans to less common house pets. The viral, bacterial, parasitic and mycotic zoonoses transmitted by pet rabbits, rodents, reptiles, amphibians, ornamental aquarium fish, ferrets, bats and nonhuman primates are...
The morality of the reptile "pet" trade
Contributor(s):: Warwick, C.
The trade in, and private keeping of, reptiles as "pets" raises several ethical concerns regarding animal welfare (associated with handling, storage, transportation, intensive captive breeding, captivity stress, injury, disease, and high premature mortality); public health and safety (associated...
PAWSitive InterAction Inc., a non-profit alliance of premier local organizations, is bound together by a common commitment to promote and celebrate the positive impact of the human-animal bond. The group's mission is to collectively connect the community with resources, expertise and...