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  1. Pros and Cons of Marine Zoological Parks According to Marine Conservationists

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    | Contributor(s):: Kayla L. Patama

    Throughout history zoos and aquariums have satisfied a number of different, albeit to some, conflicting roles (Ballantyne, Packer, Hughes, & Dierking, 2007). In recent years, zoos and aquariums have shifted their focus on taking a proactive role in wildlife conservation and promoting...

  2. An Animal Welfare Risk Assessment Process for Zoos

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    | Contributor(s):: Sally L. Sherwen, Lauren M. Hemsworth, Ngaio J. Beausoleil, Amanda Embury, David J. Mellor

    There is a growing interest and need for zoos to develop and implement welfare assessment tools that are practical to use and provide meaningful results that can inform management decisions. This paper presents a process that was developed to support this type of evidence-based management in...

  3. The Different Physical and Behavioural Characteristics of Zoo Mammals That Influence Their Response to Visitors

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    | Contributor(s):: Marina B. Queiroz, Robert J. Young

    The factors underlying the ‘zoo visit effect’ (changes in animal behaviour/physiology in response to visitor presence) are still poorly understood, despite it being widely investigated. The present study examined the effect of zoo visitors on the behaviour of 17 different species of...

  4. Effectiveness of conservation education at the Chattanooga Zoo

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    | Contributor(s):: Luke Allen Black

    Conservation is the central focus of many modern zoos and aquariums. These zoos incorporate guest education to facilitate a connection between zoo guests and animal conservation. I conducted a study at the Chattanooga Zoo and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga which examined two modern...

  5. An Examination of Intrinsic Existence Value Towards Wildlife of Columbus Zoo and Aquariums Tourists: Evaluating the Impact of Behind the Scenes Programming

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    | Contributor(s):: Robert Maxwell Lakes

    Changes in climate and the corresponding environmental issues are major concerns facing the world today. Human consumption, which is leading the rapid depletion of the earth’s finite resources and causing a dramatic loss of biodiversity, is largely to blame (Pearson, Lowry, Dorrian, &...

  6. It's All Happening at the Zoo: Children's Environmental Learning after School

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    | Contributor(s):: Jason A. Douglas, Cindi Katz

    Pairing dynamic out-of-school-time (OST) programs with zoos can encourage young people's relationships with and sense of responsibility for animals and the environment. The project presented in this article, Animal Rescuers, gave the authors the opportunity to examine how such a pairing can...

  7. Ethics and code of conduct in zoo management

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    | Contributor(s):: Rita Bahne

    There are around 1 million wild animals living in the 10,000-12,000 zoos worldwide. They include zoological parks, biological parks, safari parks, public aquariums, bird parks, reptile parks and insectariums. Zoo tourism is both domestic and international. The purpose of this research thesis...

  8. How Does the Presence of a Live Animal Affect the Millennial Generation's Attitudes towards Zoos and Species Conservation?

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    | Contributor(s):: Lauren E. Sommers

    Zoos and aquariums have unique opportunities to educate the public utilizing human-animal interactions. Many zoos claim success in educating their audiences and inspiring pro-conservation outcomes, but little research exists to confirm this. Existing research focuses on family members and...

  9. Anthrozoology

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    Welcome to Anthrozoology! Are you interested in learning more about the significance of animals in our lives?  The University of Windsor is the only university in Canada offering programs in human-animal interactions! If you’re interested in studying Anthrozoology, you can now get a...

  10. 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...

  11. The Ethical Implications of Animal Institutions | Amélie D'hers | TEDxSantaClaraUniversity

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    | Contributor(s):: Amélie D’hers

    Amélie D’hers, originally from Redmond, WA, is a third year at Santa Clara University majoring in Management Information Systems in the business school with a minor in Computer Science. Starting at a young age, Amélie developed a passion for animals and surrounded...

  12. Talking about animals : studies of young children visiting zoos, a museum and a farm.

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    | Contributor(s):: Susan Dale Tunnicliffe

    Conversations of children, between the ages of three and twelve years, and their accompanying adults were recorded at animal exhibits during visits, organised either by the school or family, to a variety of zoos in England and the USA, and to the Natural History Museum, London. The animal...

  13. "Can Tigers Tame Your Stress?" | Kevin Rose | TEDxWilmington

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    | Contributor(s):: Kevin Rose

    Kevin’s talk focuses on his efforts to help combat veterans turn down the stress after returning from war. Recalling his own intense anxiety from childhood, he shares his grandmother’s teachings of nature and using the five senses to feel calm. Through this connection to the natural...

  14. The Catalyst

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    The Catalyst is a program that helps you achieve peace of mind in a very unique way. How does it work? We bring you face to face with wild animals who will mirror your stress and get you grounded. As you walk through The CATalyst refuge, with Kevin as your guide, your animal teachers will show...

  15. Loss of a Species – A Giant, Extinct | Thomas Hildebrandt | TEDxTUM

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    | Contributor(s):: Thomas Hildebrandt

    What happens when an animal species gets extinct? Is it due to the natural path of evolution or the thoughtless actions of humankind? Less than a century ago, hundreds of thousands of northern white rhinos roamed the landscape of Central Africa. Today, there are only three individuals left....

  16. How to Build the Best Little Zoo in the World | Sharon Matola | TEDxBelmopan

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    | Contributor(s):: Sharon Matola

    What would you do with animals left behind after a documentary project? Well, Sharon Matola started a zoo and in this talk, she tells us all about the journey. With her love for protecting our furry, feathered and scaly friends, Matola rekindles our love for these animal ambassadors. Sharon...

  17. Jaguar and puma captivity and trade among the Maya: Stable isotope data from Copan, Honduras

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    | Contributor(s):: Nawa Sugiyama, William L. Fash, Christine A.M. France

    From Moctezuma’s zoo to animals kept in captivity at Teotihuacan, there is increasing evidence that Mesoamericans managed wild animals for a myriad of purposes. The present study situates ritualized animal management of highly symbolic fauna in the broader context of Classic Mesoamerica...

  18. Cheetahs discriminate familiar and unfamiliar human voices

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    | Contributor(s):: Maël Leroux, Robyn Shelia Hetem, Martine Hausberger, Alban Lemasson

    Domestic species can make the distinction between several human sub-groups, especially between familiar and unfamiliar persons. The Domestication hypothesis assumes that such advanced cognitive skills were driven by domestication itself. However, such capacities have been shown in wild species...

  19. Captive Audiences: Interactions Between Visitors and Bonobos at the San Diego Zoo

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    | Contributor(s):: Elena Miyoko Carver

    Primate exhibits in American zoological parks, especially those featuring the great apes, are among the most compelling, complex, and popular exhibits for visitors, and are a primary way the American public becomes familiar with our closest living relatives. In this study, I approach the...

  20. Secret Psychological Revelations of Dolphins in Captivity

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    | Contributor(s):: Haylee Elizabeth Hilton

    As with most things, the early years of Sea Animal training consisted of trials and errors, experimentations and false starts.  Again, as with most things, those early efforts were analyzed and the successful efforts were kept and incorporated into the regular training routines....