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Ghost herds : rescuing horses and horse people in Bluegrass Kentucky
Contributor(s):: Tamar V.S. McKee
This dissertation examines the cultural and historical dimensions of why certain communities in the United States are compelled to rescue animals from abuse, neglect, or death. In particular, it engages with the debate over sending “unwanted” horses to slaughter, touching upon not...
Human-Animal Communication in Captive Species: Dogs, Horses, and Whales
Contributor(s):: Mackenzie K. Kelley
My hopes for this project are to collect and analyze the current research in the field of animal communication. In the first part, my goal is to define animal communication, specifically within human contexts. I will look at how the history of humans and certain species have intertwined to result...
Saving Animals: Everyday Practices of Care and Rescue in the US Animal Sanctuary Movement
Contributor(s):: Elan L. Abrell
This multi-sited ethnography of the US animal sanctuary movement is based on 24 months of research at a range of animal rescue facilities, including a companion animal shelter in Texas, exotic animal sanctuaries in Florida and Hawaii, and a farm animal sanctuary in New York. In the last three...
Elephant Poaching in Bandipur Tiger Reserve, southern India: A Study on the Mortality of Asian Elephants (Elephants maximus) due to Poaching and Other Causes, Poachers and Anti-Poaching Strategies.
Contributor(s):: Surendra Varma
Among all the elephant conservation issues the issue of poaching, on a large or small scale will have a severe effect on elephant populations. If female elephants select males with larger tusks as an indication of good health, the poacher selects the same males for their wealth. Even on a small...
Odering the Feral Cat: Stakeholder Perspectives on Cat Overpopulation
Contributor(s):: Kyle Hutson
This paper discusses the historical and cultural ways in which people attempt to order the domestic cat both spatially and conceptually, with special attention to how this ordering influences perceptions of feral cats. Feral cats are unowned or semi-owned and live entirely unconfined to a home,...
Poaching as a threat to biodiversity and a barrier to sustainable development in Western Uganda: A Case Study of Queen Elizabeth National Park, Rwenzori Mountains National Park, Kibale National Park, and Surrounding Areas
Contributor(s):: Madeleine Torraca Jones
Despite efforts of the international community and individual countries to end poaching activities and target the markets which drive these activities, poaching continues to be a global problem. This paper will discuss the methods, findings, and recommendations that have resulted from a study on...
University of Illinois School of Veterinary Medicine Wildlife Clinic
Contributor(s):: Maci Oelschlager
This semester, I was given the opportunity to be an undergraduate volunteer at the University of Illinois, School of Veterinary Medicine’s Wildlife Medical Clinic. I learned a lot by volunteering at the Wildlife clinic as well as gained a lot of hands on experience. Volunteering...
Human-Wildlife Conflict Across Urbanization Gradients: Spatial, Social, and Ecological Factors
Contributor(s):: Amanda H. Gilleland
As suburban and exurban residential developments continue to multiply in urban areas, they encroach on wildlife habitats leading to increased human-wildlife interactions. The animals involved in direct conflict with homeowners are often relocated or exterminated by the homeowners. Often the...
Habitat associations of the long-nosed potoroo (potoroos tridactylus) at multiple spatial scales
Contributor(s):: Melinda A. Norton
The long-nosed potoroo (Potorous tridactylus) is a threatened, ground-dwelling marsupial known to have been highly disadvantaged by changes brought about since European settlement in Australia. Key threats to the species are believed to be fox predation and habitat loss and/or fragmentation. In...