Zoo Animal Learning and Training

Vicky A. Melfi, Nicole R. Dorey, Samantha J. Ward
John Wiley & Sons, 13 déc. 2019 - 384 pages

Comprehensively explains animal learning theories and current best practices in animal training within zoos

This accessible, up-to-date book on animal training in a zoo/aquaria context provides a unified approach to zoo animal learning, bringing together the art and science of animal training. Written by experts in academia and working zoos, it incorporates the latest information from the scientific community along with current best practice, demystifying the complexities of training zoo animals. In doing so, it teaches readers how to effectively train animals and to fully understand the consequences of their actions.

Zoo Animal Learning and Training starts with an overview of animal learning theory. It describes the main categories of animal learning styles; considers the diverse natural history of zoo animals; reviews the research undertaken which demonstrates ultimate benefits of learning; and highlights the advantages and disadvantages of the different approaches. It also shows how the direct application of learning theory can be integrated into zoo animal management; discusses how other factors might affect development; and investigates situations and activities from which animals learn. It also explores the theoretical basis that determines whether enrichments are successful.

  • Provides an easily accessibly, jargon-free introduction to the subject
  • Explores different training styles, providing theoretical background to animal learning theory as well as considerations for practical training programme – including how to set them up, manage people and animals within them and their consequences
  • Includes effective skills and ‘rules of thumb’ from professional animal trainers
  • Offers commentary on the ethical and welfare implications of training in zoos
  • Features contributions from global experts in academia and the zoo profession
  • Uniquely features both academic and professional perspectives

Zoo Animal Learning and Training is an important book for students, academics and professionals. Suited to senior undergraduate students in zoo biology, veterinary science, and psychology, and for post-graduate students in animal management, behaviour and conservation, as well as zoo biology. It is also beneficial to those working professionally in zoos and aquaria at different levels.


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Demystifying Zoo Animal Training
Learning and Behaviour
The Ultimate Benefits of Learning
Choosing the Right Method
Animal Vision
Types of Learning That Can Be Achieved in a Zoo Environment
The Art of Active Training
HumanElephant Interactions in Semicaptive Asian Elephants
Training Birds from a Zoo Professionals Perspective
The Cognitive Abilities of Fish
Welfare Implications of Zoo Animal Training
Training Animals in Captivity or the Wild so They Can Return to

Elephant Training in Zoos
Last but in Fact Most Importantly Health and Safety
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VICKY A. MELFI, PHD, is Professor at Hartpury University, Research Associate at the University of Sydney, and Managing Editor of the Journal of Zoo and Aquaria Research, published by the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA).

NICOLE R. DOREY, PHD, is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Florida, a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist (CAAB) and has actively served as a board member for a number of professional organizations. She also conducts and consults on research and training at zoos.

SAMANTHA J. WARD, PHD, is a Senior Lecturer in Animal Science at Nottingham Trent University, and is currently on the BIAZA research committee and also sits as the welfare expert on Defra's Zoo Executive Committee.

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