Special Issue "Zoo Animal Welfare"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 May 2018).
Interests: animal welfare; welfare assessment; animal behaviour; stress physiology; companion animals, wild animals
Each year, hundreds of millions of people visit a zoo or aquarium somewhere in the world, which provides zoological institutions with a unique opportunity to contribute to the education of people. Moreover, the management and breeding strategies for endangered species held in zoos contribute, sometimes decisively, to the conservation of many animals. Finally, zoos make important financial contributions to various conservation programs "in situ".
Zoos, however, can best carry out their educational and conservation missions if they keep animals in optimum welfare. Over recent decades, we have learned a great deal about the welfare of animals. Although most of this research has focused on domestic species, knowledge about fundamental and applied aspects of zoo animal welfare has also increased significantly.
Original manuscripts that address any aspects of zoo animal welfare (including both terrestrial and aquatic species) are invited for this Special Issue. Topics of special interest are assessment of welfare of zoo animals, environmental enrichment in zoos and aquaria, research approaches to assess the overall affective state of wild animals under human care (such as cognitive bias tests and measurement of anticipatory behaviour), and welfare issues in less-researched species, such as fish, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates.
Prof. Xavier Manteca
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- Animal welfare
- Zoo animals
- Welfare assessment
- Environmental enrichment