Advances in applied zoo animal welfare science

Ward, S.J. ORCID: 0000-0002-5857-1071, Sherwen, S. and Clark, F.E., 2018. Advances in applied zoo animal welfare science. Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science, 21 (sup1), pp. 23-33. ISSN 1088-8705

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Nonhuman animal welfare science is the scientific study of the welfare state of animals that attempts to make inferences about how animals feel from their behavior, endocrine function, and/or signs of physical health. These welfare measurements are applicable within zoos yet inherently more complex than in farms and laboratories. This complexity is due to the vast number of species housed, lack of fundamental biological information, and relatively lower sample sizes and levels of experimental control. This article summarizes the invited presentations on the topic of "Advances in Applied Animal Welfare Science," given at the Fourth Global Animal Welfare Congress held jointly by the Detroit Zoological Society and the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums in 2017. The article focuses on current trends in research on zoo animal welfare under the following themes: (a) human–animal interactions and relationships, (b) anticipatory behavior, (c) cognitive enrichment, (d) behavioral biology, and (e) reproductive and population management. It highlights areas in which further advancements in zoo animal welfare science are needed and the challenges that may be faced in doing so.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science
Creators: Ward, S.J., Sherwen, S. and Clark, F.E.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Date: 2018
Volume: 21
Number: sup1
ISSN: 1088-8705
Rights: © 2018 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.
Divisions: Schools > School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 23 Oct 2018 14:10
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2018 07:53

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