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  1. Evaluation Tools for Educational Programs at Zoos Victoria

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    | Contributor(s):: Nicole Marie Packard, Michael Robert Clark, Erin Marie McConnaghy, Brian Grant Peterson

    Zoos Victoria recently introduced a new educational program, Education for Conservation (EfC), to teach visiting students about conservation practices. Our goal was to create a set of efficient tools to assess the effectiveness of EfC from the perspectives of Zoo educators, schoolteachers, and...

  2. Liminal Animals in Liminal Spaces: A Day at Berlin Zoo

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    | Contributor(s):: Kristine Hill

    This reflexive essay is based on a visit to Berlin Zoo on an overcast February day. It attempts to make sense of the "zoo experience" through critical self-reflection and observations of how visitors relate to animal others. The concept of zoo inhabitants as liminal beings, neither...

  3. Assessing the Psychological Priorities for Optimising Captive Asian Elephant (Elephas maximus) Welfare

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    | Contributor(s):: Jake Stuart Veasey

    The welfare status of elephants under human care has been a contentious issue for two decades or more in numerous western countries. Much effort has gone into assessing the welfare of captive elephants at individual and population levels with little consensus having been achieved in relation to...

  4. Public Perceptions of Herpetofauna in Zoos

    | Contributor(s):: Ogle, Brian W., Devlin, Shona

  5. Carcass Feeding for Captive Vultures: Testing Assumptions about Zoos and Effects on Birds and Visitors

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    | Contributor(s):: Hannah Gaengler

    Carcass feeding is a potentially controversial feeding method for zoo animals. The common assumption is that many North American zoos refrain from feeding large carcasses to their carnivorous animals because zoo visitors might not approve of this feeding method. However, since there are several...

  6. Behavioral characterization of musth in Asian elephants (Elephas maximus): Defining progressive stages of male sexual behavior in in-situ and ex-situ populations

    | Contributor(s):: LaDue, Chase A., Vandercone, Rajnish P. G., Kiso, Wendy K., Freeman, Elizabeth W.

    Complementary studies of wild and zoo-housed animals offer insight into behavioral variation across a range of conditions including the context under which various behaviors evolved in natural settings. This information can be used to improve the sustainability of in-situ and ex-situ populations...

  7. Individuals Matter: Dilemmas and Solutions in Conservation and Animal Welfare Practices in Zoos

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    | Contributor(s):: Clay, Anne Safiya, Visseren-Hamakers, Ingrid J.

    Compassionate conservation advocates for minimizing individual suffering in conservation practice and adheres to the principle “individuals matter”—intrinsically, in and of themselves. Our objective is to determine the extent to which, and how, zoos recognize the intrinsic value...

  8. Using Thermal Imaging to Monitor Body Temperature of Koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus) in A Zoo Setting

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    | Contributor(s):: Edward Narayan, Annabella Perakis, Will Meikle

    Non-invasive techniques can be applied for monitoring the physiology and behaviour of wildlife in Zoos to improve management and welfare. Thermal imaging technology has been used as a non-invasive technique to measure the body temperature of various domesticated and wildlife species. In this...

  9. Human Positioning in Close-Encounter Photographs and the Effect on Public Perceptions of Zoo Animals

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    | Contributor(s):: Shaw, M. N., McLeod, E. M., Borrie, W. T., Miller, K. K.

    With the rising popularity of social media, conservation organisations and zoos need to understand its impact on public perceptions of the animals they house and their role in conservation. In addition, many zoos offer close-encounter experiences, and visitors frequently share images from these...

  10. Visitor attachment to dolphins during an interaction programme, are there implications to dolphin behavior?

    | Contributor(s):: Welsh, T., Ward, S.

  11. The influence of welfare and bonds with animals on the job satisfaction of felid keepers in North America

    | Contributor(s):: DeSmet, A., Ogle, B.

  12. Ireland Human-Animal Interactions Education Abroad

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    | Contributor(s):: Lauren Hamer

    For my project I took course in Human-Animal Interactions then went abroad to Ireland with the Department of Animal Sciences to do study that same thing. While abroad for 9 days we visited zoos, animal rehabilitation centers, multiple farms, the University College of Dublin, and even some...

  13. Assessing the potential impact of zoo visitors on the welfare and cognitive performance of Japanese macaques

    | Contributor(s):: Huskisson, Sarah M., Doelling, Christina R., Ross, Stephen R., Hopper, Lydia M.

  14. Intimate Partner Violence, Animal Maltreatment, and Animal Safekeeping: Findings From a Public Survey

    | Contributor(s):: Giesbrecht, C. J.

  15. Principal Component Analysis as a novel method for the assessment of the enclosure use patterns of captive Livingstone’s fruit bats (Pteropus livingstonii)

    | Contributor(s):: Edwards, Morgan J., Hosie, Charlotte A., Smith, Tessa E., Wormell, Dominic, Price, Eluned, Stanley, Christina R.

  16. The Architecture of Keeping Animals: Preservation Responses to Changing Animal Welfare Ideals in Mid-sized American Zoos

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    | Contributor(s):: Victoria McCollum

    Beginning in the mid-20th century, most of America’s Zoos began to re-evaluate the spaces which housed their living creatures. As advances in science and technology brought forward new information on animal welfare and care, zoos were soon faced with choices on the treatment of their...

  17. The effects of interacting with fish in aquariums on human health and well-being: A systematic review

    | Contributor(s):: Heather Clements, Stephanie Valentin, Nicholas Jenkins, Jean Rankin, Julien S. Baker, Nancy Gee, Donna Snellgrove, Katherine Sloman

  18. Public Feeding Interactions as Enrichment for Three Zoo-Housed Elephants

    | Contributor(s):: Fernandez, Eduardo J., Upchurch, Bruce, Hawkes, Nancy C.

  19. The Effect of Visitor Number on the Behavior of Zoo-Housed Macropods

    | Contributor(s):: Meade, Jessica, Melfi, Vicky A., Keith, Melanie, Burns, Alicia L.

    Free-range exhibits are used by zoos to allow visitors to experience or interact with animals in a semi-natural setting; close interactions with animals have been shown to increase empathy and contribute to conservation outcomes, and as such zoos are increasingly implementing free-range style...

  20. Development of an evidence-based welfare approach for cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus) under human care

    | Contributor(s):: Fischer, B., Flint, M., Cole, K., George, K. A.