Zoo animals: behaviour, management, and welfare

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Oxford University Press, Jul 8, 2009 - Nature - 544 pages
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The keeping of zoo animals has become a central tool in the conservation of some of the world's most fascinating, yet threatened, species. But how do zoos operate on a day-to-day basis? What are the key problems zoos face in trying to feed, breed and keep healthy the animals in their care? How do they play their part in conserving biodiversity?
Zoo Animals: Behaviour, Management and Welfare addresses the key questions surrounding the keeping of zoo animals, and reveals how we can apply our ever-growing understanding of animal behaviour to ensure zoo animals are managed as effectively as possible.
Drawing on their extensive experience of zoo research, practice, and teaching, the authors blend together theory with a broad range of both mammalian and non-mammalian examples to give a highly-readable overview of this burgeoning field. Zoo Animals: Behaviour, Management and Welfare is the ideal resource for anyone needing a thorough grounding in this subject, whether as a student or as a zoo professional.
Dr. Geoff Hosey was formerly a senior lecturer at the University of Bolton, UK, where he taught in the area of animal behaviour.
Dr. Vicky Melfi is Senior Research Officer at Paignton Zoo Environmental Park, UK. Her research interests include animal welfare, behavioural ecology of zoo animals, and environmental enrichment.
Dr. Sheila Pankhurst is Director of Studies in the Faculty of Science and Technology at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK, where her teaching and research centres on the behaviour and welfare of zoo animals.

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Contents

Introduction
1
History and philosophy of zoos
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1 Jumbo the elephant
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Copyright

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Dr. Geoff Hosey was formerly a senior lecturer at the University of Bolton, UK, where he taught in the area of animal behaviour.
Dr. Vicky Melfi is Senior Research Officer at Paignton Zoo Environmental Park, UK. Her research interests include animal welfare, behavioural ecology of zoo animals, and environmental enrichment.
Dr. Sheila Pankhurst is Director of Studies in the Faculty of Science and Technology at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK, where her teaching and research centres on the behaviour and welfare of zoo animals.

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