The Behavioural Biology of Zoo Animals

The Behavioural Biology Of Zoo Animals Pdf

By Paul Rose

The Behavioural Biology of Zoo Animals PDF. “Zoo animals” as a population are a diverse array of species from all around the globe. When managed in captivity, it is important that key aspects of natural ecology are factored into animal care, as well as considerations relating to welfare, life history and behavioural needs. The Behavioural Biology of Zoo Animals is the first book on captive animal behaviour and how this applies to welfare.

The book enables all aspects of zoo husbandry and management (nutrition, enclosure design, handling and training, enrichment, population management) to be based on a sound knowledge of the species, its evolutionary history and its natural history. Chapters from expert authors cover a vast range of taxa, from primates and elephants to marine mammals and freshwater fish, to reptiles, birds and invertebrates. A final part looks to the future, considering animal health and wellbeing, the visitor experience and future visions for zoos and aquariums.

For on-the-ground practitioners as well as students of zoo biology, animal science and welfare, this book provides an explanation of key areas of behavioural biology that are important to fulfilling the aims of the modern zoo (conservation, education, research and recreation). It explains how evidence from the wild can be implemented into captive care to support the wider aims of the zoo, shedding light on the evidence-based approaches applied to zoo biology and animal management.

Table of Contents

PART I Setting the scene

1 Introduction to the behavioural biology of the zoo

2 Behavioural biology in animal collection planning and conservation

3 Behavioural biology, conservation genomics, and population viability (Open Access)


4 Behavioural biology, applied zoo science, and research

5 Behavioural biology methods and data collection in the zoo

PART II Selected taxonomic accounts

6 The behavioural biology of primates

7 The behavioural biology of ungulates and elephants

8 The behavioural biology of carnivores

9 The behavioural biology of marine mammals

10 The behavioural biology of marsupials and monotremes

11 The behavioural biology of flightless birds

12 The behavioural biology of waterbirds

12.1 Introduction to waterbird behavioural biology

13 The behavioural biology of parrots

14 The behavioural biology of hornbills, toucans, and kingfishers

15 The behavioural biology of passerines

16 The behavioural biology of captive reptiles

17 The behavioural biology of amphibians

18 The behavioural biology of freshwater fishes

19 The behavioural biology of marine fishes and sharks

20 The behavioural biology of invertebrates

PART III For the future

21 Behavioural biology and zoo animal welfare: For the future

22 Behavioural biology and animal health and wellbeing

23 Behavioural biology and enhancing visitor education and experiences

24 Behavioural biology and the zoo as a nature reserve

25 Behavioural biology for the evidence-based keeper

26 Behavioural biology and the future zoo: Overall conclusions


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