Longitudinal Improvements in Zoo-Housed Elephant Welfare: A Case Study at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo (Finch et al., 2020)
New study assessed the welfare improvements of the Asian elephants at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, using data from their species-specific behavioural monitoring programme. Some of their findings include: ✔Species-appropriate levels of feeding; ✔Low levels of stereotypic behaviours; ✔Rare agonistic behaviour between group members; ✔Positive social associations & interactions between group members.
Specialised for the Swamp, Catered for in Captivity? A Cross-Institutional Evaluation of Captive Husbandry for Two Species of Lechwe (Rose & Rowden, 2020).
There is a new published paper on zoo husbandry practices in lechwe - a wetlands social antelope that is understudied in captivity: ✔Similar male:female ratios in captive and wild herds; ✔Enclosures usually included wetland areas, which were rarely managed; ✔Vegetation cover was limited; ✔Similar diets between zoos, but different from guidelines; ✔Abnormal behaviours reported but causes not identified.
The 2020 Five Domains Model: Including Human–Animal Interactions in Assessments of Animal Welfare (Mellor et al., 2020).
The Five Domains Model of animal welfare assessment has just been updated in a new paper: ✔Five Domains: (1) Nutrition, (2) Physical Environment, (3) Health, (4) Behavioural Interactions, (5) Mental State; ✔Update adds human-animal interactions to the model; ✔Applicable to all animal caretakers, including zoo keepers, researchers & veterinary staff!
Seasonal and Daily Activity of Two Zoo-Housed Grizzly Bears (Ursus arctos horribilis)
New study investigated activity patterns in two zoo-housed grizzly bears: ✔Most inactivity recorded in winter; ✔Stereotypies and general activity emerged in spring and summer; ✔Stereotypies more frequent in the morning.