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  1. Implications for Conservation of Collection of Mediterranean Spur-Thighed Tortoise as Pets in Morocco: Residents' Perceptions, Habits, and Knowledge

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    | Contributor(s):: Amalia Segura, Miguel Delibes-Mateos, Pelayo Acevedo

    The trading and collection of wild animals as pets may be cause for concern regarding animal welfare and species conservation. These concerns can be exemplified by Mediterranean spur-thighed tortoise (Testudo graeca), a long-living species whose use as pets is long established. The human...

  2. Investigating the Behavior and Personality Structure of the Aldabra Tortoise during Human Interactions and Training Events

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    | Contributor(s):: Quintavalle Pastorino, G., Smith, V., Faustini, M., Bonacina, E., Guadagnini, D., Robbiati, R., Cavalleri, A., Brereton, J. E., Preziosi, R.

    Human-animal interaction (HAI) can be valuable for captive animals, and many zoo-housed species benefit from interactions with their keepers. There is also an increasing body of evidence that some animal species possess personalities that are temporally consistent. However, the majority of zoo...

  3. Love in Cold Blood: Are Reptile Owners Emotionally Attached to Their Pets?

    | Contributor(s):: Haddon, Celia, Burman, Oliver H. P., Assheton, Phil, Wilkinson, Anna

  4. Nutrition and husbandry conditions of Palearctic tortoises (Testudo spp.) in captivity

    | Contributor(s):: Bauer, Thomas, Reese, Sven, Koelle, Petra

    Mediterranean and Russian tortoises (Testudo spp.) are popular companion animals (pets), despite ongoing controversy concerning privately keeping reptiles. The arguments used during these controversial discussions have often been based on outdated facts. Therefore, a survey was developed to...

  5. Here, Ansel! Sit, Avedon!

    | Contributor(s):: Green, Penelope

  6. 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....

  7. Enriching tortoises: assessing color preference

    | Contributor(s):: Passos, L. F., Mello, H. E. S., Young, R. J.

    Environmental enrichment is a principle that is used to enhance the quality of care for nonhuman animals in captivity. To achieve this, it is necessary to understand the animal's needs. This study focused on color preference to provide food stimuli as a source of environmental enrichment for the...

  8. The use of classical and operant conditioning in training Aldabra tortoises ( Geochelone gigantea ) for venipuncture and other husbandry issues

    | Contributor(s):: Weiss, E., Wilson, S.

    A variety of nonhuman animals in zoo and research settings have been the subjects of classical and operant conditioning techniques. Much of the published work has focused on mammals, husbandry training and veterinary issues. However, several zoos are training reptiles and birds for similar...

  9. Welfare of non-traditional pets

    | Contributor(s):: Schuppli, C. A., Fraser, D., Bacon, H. J.

    The keeping of non-traditional or 'exotic' pets has been growing in popularity worldwide. In addition to the typical welfare challenges of keeping more traditional pet species like dogs and cats, ensuring the welfare of non-traditional pets is complicated by factors such as lack of knowledge,...

  10. Meaning and motivation in desert tortoise caretaking: Explorations of human-animal relationships, pet-keeping practices, and the human-reptile bond

    | Contributor(s):: Kampfer, Karen M.

  11. Motivational Aspects of Desert Tortoise Caretaking

    | Contributor(s):: Kampfer, Karen, Love, Jim