Second Nature: Environmental Enrichment for Captive Animals

Second Nature: Environmental Enrichment for Captive Animals

by David J. Shepherdson
     
 

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Growing recognition of the complexity of animals' physical, social, and psychological lives in the wild has led both zookeepers and the zoo-going public to call for higher environmental standards for animals in captivity.

Bringing together the work of animal behaviorists, zoo biologists, and psychologists, Second Nature explores a range of innovative

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Growing recognition of the complexity of animals' physical, social, and psychological lives in the wild has led both zookeepers and the zoo-going public to call for higher environmental standards for animals in captivity.

Bringing together the work of animal behaviorists, zoo biologists, and psychologists, Second Nature explores a range of innovative strategies for environmental enrichment in laboratories and marine parks, as well as in zoos. From artificial fleeing-prey devices for leopards to irregular feeding schedules for whales, the practices discussed have resulted in healthier, more relaxed animals that can breed more easily and can exert some control over their environments. Moving beyond the usual studies of primates to consider the requirements of animals as diverse as reptiles, amphibians, marine mammals, small cats, hooved grazers, and bears, contributors argue that whether an animal forages in the wild or plays computer games in captivity, the satisfaction its activity provides—rather than the activity itself—determines the animal's level of physical and psychological well-being.

Second Nature also discusses the ways in which environmental enrichment can help zoo-bred animals develop the stamina and adaptability for survival in the wild, and how it can produce healthier lab animals that yield more valid test results. Providing a theoretical framework for the science of environmental enrichment in a variety of settings, the book renews and extends a humane approach to the keeping and conservation of animals.


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This is the paperbound edition of a 1998 work based on papers presented at the First Conference on Environmental Enrichment held in 1993 in Portland, Oregon. Coverage begins with theoretical foundations for environmental enrichment and continues with investigation of a broad range of contexts within which environmental enhancements ought to be considered. The importance of integrating enrichment in captive management, husbandry, and training is discussed; and the book concludes with suggested directions for zoo biologists seeking to enhance the science and application of environmental enrichment. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781588343659
Publisher:
Smithsonian Institution Press
Publication date:
01/11/2012
Sold by:
Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
372
Sales rank:
918,207
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

David J. Shepherdson is program scientist at Metro Washington Park Zoo in Portland, Oregon. Jill D. Mellen is a behavioral scientist at the Walt Disney Animal Program in Orlando, Florida. Michael Hutchins is director of conservation and science for the American Zoo and Aquarium Association, based in Bethesda, Maryland.


From the Trade Paperback edition.

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