Impacts of COVID-19 on Animals in Zoos: A Longitudinal Multi-Species Analysis (Williams et al., 2020)
A paper in JZBG sought to investigate the impacts of zoo closures and re-openings (due to COVID-19) on the behaviour of several zoo-housed species:
✔ Variable behavioural changes across species;
✔ Most changes were non-significant;
✔ Grevy's zebras: > time in comfort behaviours & in public viewing-areas during closures;
✔ Chinese goral: > environmental interactions during closures;
✔ Some species may take longer to re-habituate to visitors.
Photo credit: RZSS Edinburgh Zoo
The visitor effect in zoo-housed apes: the variable effect on behaviour of visitor number and noise (Hashmi & Sullivan, 2020)
The visitor effects on zoo-housed apes (gorillas, chimpanzees and gibbons) were investigated in a study in JZAR:
✔ Noise levels increased with visitor numbers;
✔ Some behavioural changes suggested a potential negative effect on welfare;
✔ Intra- and inter-specific differences in reactions to the public;
✔ The visitor effect is complex and influenced by multiple factors.
Photo credit: Blackpool Zoo
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