The influence of welfare and bonds with animals on the job satisfaction of felid keepers in North America
(DeSmet & Ogle, 2022)
A study in Zoo Biology investigated the link between job satisfaction in zoo felid keepers, their bonds with animals & animal welfare:
✔ 121 felid keepers from AZA-accredited institutions;
✔ Direct link between job satisfaction & access to animal welfare training;
✔ Correlation between job satisfaction and fulfillment of the Five Freedoms of Animal Welfare;
✔ Lower job satisfaction resulted in lower bond with nonfelids - but no link observed with felids...
Professional primate keepers and online primate imagery: an assessment of knowledge and attitudes (Daniels et al., 2021)
New study in JZAR assessed primate keeper knowledge & attitudes towards sharing potentially-detrimental images online of themselves & primates (which the IUCN Primate Specialist Group Section for Human Primate Interactions advises against):
✔Of the 421 primate keepers that completed the questionnaire, over half (56%) reported to share such images;
✔Of the 128 images surveyed under #primatekeeper, 64% were of situations previously shown to be detrimental to primate conservation;
✔The majority of keepers were not aware of the IUCN PSG SHPI or their guidelines regarding the sharing of images.
Furred and feathered friends: How attached are zookeepers to the animals in their care?(Melfi et al., 2021)
A study in Zoo Biology investigated Keeper-Animal Relationships (KAR) in 187 zoo keepers in 19 institutions:
✔ Zoo Keepers reported higher attachment to their pets than the zoo animals in their care;
✔ No differences between zoo species;
✔ Female keepers reported higher attachments to zoo animals than male keepers;
✔ Differences between institutions - "zoo culture" seems to influence KAR.
✔ Time spent with animals also significantly predicted KAR;
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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