Special Issue "Recent Advances in Studies on Large Carnivore Behavior"

A special issue of Animals (ISSN 2076-2615). This special issue belongs to the section "Animal Physiology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2022.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Andres Ordiz
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Guest Editor
Dpto. de Biodiversidad y Gestión Ambiental, Área de Zoología, Universidad de León, Campus de Vegazana, s/n, 24071 León, Spain
Interests: behavior; conservation; ecology; interspecific interactions; large carnivores

Special Issue Information

Large carnivores, such as wolves, bears, and large felids, have always attracted the attention of researchers, managers, and the general public. Population trends of carnivores have received wide scientific and public interest, because carnivores have historically faced human persecution, which has brought many species to the brink of extinction. While some species and populations continue to be heavily endangered, others have partially recovered in recent decades. Demographic studies are crucial to secure the long-term viability of large carnivores, but behavioral studies are also gaining increasing attention in recent times, and a closer connection between demographic and behavioral studies is still needed. For instance, some large carnivores are recovering in human-dominated landscapes, which may require individual behavioral adaptations to deal with the presence of humans and our activities. This context urges us to better understand carnivore behavior in order to favor human–wildlife coexistence, e.g., to reduce conflict and to reveal potential effects of coexistence on large carnivore behavior and, ultimately, demography.

This Special Issue is an opportunity to deal with these and other issues, promoting the view that long-term conservation of large carnivores, particularly those inhabiting human-dominated landscapes, would benefit from studies that take into account both demographic and behavioral perspectives together, rather than as independent topics. Please note that studies on demography only or behavior only are not strictly within the scope of this Special Issue, unless the connection and/or implications between demography and behavior are stated explicitly.

Animals and I kindly invite you to submit a manuscript focused on these topics. If you are interested in this opportunity or have any question, please contact me ([email protected]).

Dr. Andres Ordiz
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Animals is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1800 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • behavior
  • conservation
  • ecology
  • fitness
  • interspecific interactions
  • large carnivores
  • movement

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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