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The effects of cognitive testing on the welfare of zoo-housed Japanese macaques (Macaca fuscata)
Contributor(s):: Jacobson, Sarah L., Kwiatt, Anne C., Ross, Stephen R., Cronin, Katherine A.
Cognitive testing programs are being implemented more frequently in zoo settings due to the benefits these programs can provide for the animals, researchers and zoo visitors. However, the impact that cognitive studies have on the welfare of captive animals, particularly for primates in a social...
Good keeper-elephant relationships in North American zoos are mutually beneficial to welfare
Contributor(s):: Carlstead, Kathy, Paris, Stephen, Brown, Janine L.
Relationships between animals and their human caretakers can have profound impacts on animal welfare in farms, laboratories and zoos, while human attitudes are important predictors of caretaker behavior towards livestock. In this study, we examined the impact of keeper attitudes about working...
Why pace? The influence of social, housing, management, life history, and demographic characteristics on locomotor stereotypy in zoo elephants
Contributor(s):: Greco, Brian J., Meehan, Cheryl L., Heinsius, Jennifer L., Mench, Joy A.
Stereotypic behaviors (SB) are common in zoo-housed elephants, and these behaviors can be performed at high rates. Elephants perform different SB forms (e.g., weaving, pacing), but no published studies have evaluated the factors contributing to the development or performance of these different...
Behavioural analysis of captive tigers (Panthera tigris): A water pool makes the difference
Contributor(s):: Biolatti, Cristina, Modesto, Paola, Dezzutto, Daniela, Pera, Francesca, Tarantola, Martina, Gennero, Maria Silvia, Maurella, Cristiana, Acutis, Pier Luigi
The activity budgets of seven captive tigers (Panthera tigris) housed in four zoological gardens (A, B, C, D) were analysed to assess their welfare and to relate it to several variables, including enclosure type, management, and animal history. Behaviours were recorded by instantaneous focal...
Keeper/orangutan interactions at Auckland Zoo: Communication, friendship, and ethics between species
| 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...
The Ethical Implications of Animal Institutions | Amélie D'hers | TEDxSantaClaraUniversity
| 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...
Talking about animals : studies of young children visiting zoos, a museum and a farm.
| 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...
How to Build the Best Little Zoo in the World | Sharon Matola | TEDxBelmopan
| 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...
What Is the Zoo Experience? How Zoos Impact a Visitor's Behaviors, Perceptions, and Conservation Efforts
| Contributor(s):: Godinez, A. M., Fernandez, E. J.
Zoo agent's measure in applying the five freedoms principles for animal welfare
| Contributor(s):: Argyo Demartoto, Robertus Bellarminus Soemanto, Siti Zunariyah
Background: Animal welfare should be prioritized not only for the animal's life sustainability but also for supporting the sustainability of living organism's life on the earth. However, Indonesian people have not understood it yet, thereby still treating animals arbitrarily and...
Captive Audiences: Interactions Between Visitors and Bonobos at the San Diego Zoo
| 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...
Zoo Animal Welfare: The Human Dimension
| Contributor(s):: Cole, J., Fraser, D.
Advances in Applied Zoo Animal Welfare Science
| Contributor(s):: Ward, S. J., Sherwen, S., Clark, F. E.
Keeper-Animal Interactions: Differences between the Behaviour of Zoo Animals Affect Stockmanship
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| Contributor(s):: Samantha J Ward, Vicky Melfi
Stockmanship is a term used to describe the management of animals with a good stockperson someone who does this in a in a safe, effective, and low-stress manner for both the stock-keeper and animals involved. Although impacts of unfamiliar zoo visitors on animal behaviour have been extensively...
Samantha J Ward
Managing Aged Animals in Zoos to Promote Positive Welfare: A Review and Future Directions
| Contributor(s):: Bethany L. Krebs, Debra Marrin, Amy Phelps, Lana Krol, Jason V. Watters
Many animals experience physical and behavioral changes as they age. Age-related changes in physical or mental ability can limit the opportunities for animals to experience positive well-being. As animals in zoos are living longer than ever, understanding common physical, cognitive, and...
Zoo Registrars: A Bewildering Bureaucracy
| Contributor(s):: Katie Osborn, Irus Braverman
While their counterparts in the museum world have received some scholarly attention, no scholarly account of zoo registrars has been published to date. Why bother studying zoo registrars? Firstly, in the (contained) wildness of the zoo, the registrar performs the role of law and order. She...
Zooveillance: Foucault Goes to the Zoo
| Contributor(s):: Irus Braverman
The last three decades have witnessed a dramatic shift in the governance of North American zoo animals. During this period, captive animal administration has transformed from a materially, geographically, and technologically limited enterprise - focused on the control of individual zoo animals...
Member Perceptions of the One Health Initiative at a Zoological Institution
| Contributor(s):: Hannah Padda, Amy Niedbalski, Erin Tate, Sharon L. Deem
Zoological institutions play an important role in promoting the goals of the One Health movement. We launched the Institute for Conservation Medicine (ICM) at the Saint Louis Zoo in 2011 to advance the goals of One Health. In 2016, we distributed a survey to Zoo members to evaluate member...
Determining the Effect of Visitor Group Size and Other Variables on the Behavior of Orangutans at the Oregon Zoo as a Measure of Welfare
| Contributor(s):: Katie Osborn, Kaytlynn Fyock, Randy Zelick (adviser)
The Oregon Zoo is home to many exotic animals, including Bornean and Sumatran orangutans. They live in a relatively new naturalistic exhibit and are subject to large volumes of visitor traffic throughout the day. This is a pilot study to determine the variables and details necessary to conduct a...