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Zoo Animals: Behaviour, Management and Welfare Paperback – 15 Mar 2009

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  • Paperback: 684 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA (15 Mar. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199233063
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199233069
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 3 x 18.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 410,976 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It is surprising that it has taken this long for someone to write a comprehensive book on zoo animals. With this voluminous, yet pithy, contribution, Hosey et al. have invaded an unoccupied niche. Given the quality of the work, I predict that this invasion will take root and grow, finding its way to the shelves of most biologists and researchers who work in zoos. The Quarterly Review of Biology This is a book touching on numerous interesting topics important in the world of zoos, writes EAZAs Sander Cozijn. These range from traditions to nutrition, captive breeding to animal welfare, and environmental enrichment to recordkeeping, just to name a few. All these topics are discussed in easy to process chapters, making the book ideal for professional zoo world people, students as well as the general public. A great book to have in the collection, be it zoo, school or private. Zooquaria, Quarterly Publication of the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria This book gives an excellent overview of important topics such as animal identification and record keeping, animal behaviour, health, feeding and nutrition, housing and husbandry, enrichment as well as breeding and how they affect the welfare of different zoo animal species. In addition, the chapter about human and animal interaction in a zoo shows what impact visitors can have on zoo animals and their behaviour and welfare. Animal Welfare, February 2010 For students who are studying zoos as part of a college or university course this should be considered an essential read. The authors have an imposing zoo pedigree and this gives the reader tremendous confidence in the content. The book conveys a a great sense of enthusiasm for zoo based research and closes by clearly identifying current gaps in our knowledge and thus will hopefully inspire a whole new generation to seek answers to some of these important questions. May this book never go out of print. RATEL, Journal of the Association of British and Irish Wild Animal Keepers, 2009 It has opened my eyes to a whole host of fields and career opportunities I'd never previously heard of let alone considered Nicola Yvonne Edwards, Student, St. Andrews University This text provides the first comprehensive account of the essential knowledge and the various activities that underpin a successful modern zoo or aquarium. The authors have addressed the challenges, philosophical and practical, that zoo professionals face as well as providing a detailed introduction to the science and management of zoological collections. The engaging style, clear diagrams and wellchosen examples ensure that this text will provide an extremely valuable resource for students and zoo professionals alike. Dr John Eddison, University of Plymouth

About the Author


Dr. Geoff Hosey was formerly a senior lecturer at the University of Bolton, UK, where he taught in the area of animal behaviour.

Dr. Vicky Melfi is Senior Research Officer at Paignton Zoo Environmental Park, UK. Her research interests include animal welfare, behavioural ecology of zoo animals, and environmental enrichment.

Dr. Sheila Pankhurst is Director of Studies in the Faculty of Science and Technology at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK, where her teaching and research centres on the behaviour and welfare of zoo animals.


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This book is very useful in all aspects of zoo animal care. I have used it for numerous assignments for my Bsc hons degree in animal science. Excellently written for easy and informative understanding! I would highly recommend this book to other people studying a similar subject.
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I pre-ordered this book before its release as I had heard alot of good things about this book and it didn't dissapoint!
I am currently studying a degree in Zoo Management and my only wish is that I could have had this book from term start in September. I use it frequently, not only for referncing assignments but also for my own study!
I would definetly recommend this book!
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This is a great book if you are studying in animal care or working in a zoo environment, it covers a wide range of subjects. The enrichments section is excellent well worth the money considering how much some of the other animal care books are. Great information to help with assignment work on animal courses also. I cant fault it in any way.
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Bought this for my daughter who is studying a BSc in Zoo Biology. This is a course text and she says that a lot of the lectures are based on the book and it is invaluable for the reading and further study.
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This book begins with definitions and includes variations and so on. It continues to give a concise history of menageries and the relevance. The following sections cover the various areas of management within a zoo. That is, it covers legislation, enrichment, involving the public, education, marketing, veterinary care, conservation and of course impact on the environment. A little difficult in places but very informative, even in the coverage of less pleasant considerations.
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This book is designed for any student doing animal or such things. Its a brillainT book, its very imformative but not overally complicasted. This makes it and ideal resource for any level. Im taking it to university and i've used it through my college assignments and it hasn't let me down to this very day. As I said a very helpful source of genuine information.
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I recently purchased this book as part of a study on animal behaviour and it has not disappointed. The content is well researched with a large number of references to further material; I found the further reading sections at the end of each chapter to be most useful. It is easy to read with each chapter devided into short sections and it is well indexed. The book covers a vast majority of the factors that one needs to consider when studying captive animal management/research. Although there are some sections where further detail would have been appreciated (particularly additional information on aquariums) this book is excellent if you are looking to understand zoo animal management or are doing a course where such understanding is necessary.
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Essential reading for anyone studying zoo animals or interested in the role of the modern zoo. Very much a useful textbook, but also very readable. This book would be useful for anyone interested in the care of more exotic species, it is relevant to a much wider area than just the 'traditional' zoo.
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