Special Issue "Recent Advances in the Science of Zoo and Aquarium Animal Welfare"
A special issue of Journal of Zoological and Botanical Gardens (ISSN 2673-5636).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 February 2021.
Interests: animal welfare; animal behavior; animal cognition; quality of life; animal well-being; zoo, sanctuary; primate
The science of zoo and aquarium animal welfare is fascinating and challenging. Fascinating because those of us working in the field must draw upon knowledge from several disciplines to creatively measure this hard-to-measure concept, and challenging for the same reason. The challenge is then exacerbated by our need to not only evaluate, but often enhance, the welfare of individual animals of hundreds of different species. This Special Issue is dedicated to recent advances in the science of zoo and aquarium animal welfare, broadly speaking. Scientific advances may be in the form of methodological growth, for example, in the validation of new animal welfare indicators or animal welfare assessment strategies, the application of technological approaches to monitoring or enhancing animal welfare, new methods to study animal affect, or the development or novel application of statistical approaches. Scientific advances could also be in the form of content knowledge that can be applied to enhance the welfare of animals in zoos and aquariums. For example, empirical work that advances our understanding of how animal welfare is impacted by human-animal relationships, the presence or behavior of visitors, ambassador programming, transportation, breeding restriction, enrichment or enclosure design is also welcome. Contributions that report on advances that can be readily and simply applied in zoos and aquariums to advance welfare are especially welcome.
Dr. Katherine A. Cronin
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. Journal of Zoological and Botanical Gardens is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly 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 1000 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.
- animal welfare
- animal well-being
- welfare assessment
- welfare indicators
- animal affect
- human-animal relationships
- animal-visitor interactions
- ambassador animals
- visitor effects
- enclosure design
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
Alex Riley & Austin Leeds - Monitoring the social behavior of Nile crocodiles (Crocodylus niloticus) in relation to the presence and absence of zoo visitors
Lydia M. Hopper - Leveraging social learning to aid animal husbandry and training