Center for Zoo Animal Welfare

Center for Zoo Animal Welfare

Zoos and aquariums assume a profound and unique responsibility by keeping animals in captivity.

How captive exotic animals experience life is determined by the humans and institutions that keep them. It is presumed that zoos and aquariums are only helping animals by providing dedicated care, but there is little scientific research and data on how captive animals are faring. Are they thriving or just surviving?

The Detroit Zoological Society's (DZS) Center for Zoo Animal Welfare is a resource center for captive animal welfare knowledge; a convener and forum for exotic animal welfare science, practice and policy discussions; and a center conducting research and training, and recognizing advances in exotic animal welfare.

Personality Research in
Blanding's turtles

Blanding's Turtle CZAW Research Projects

Animal Welfare Symposium

2016 Symposium date to be announced.

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Animal Welfare Workshop

Designed for Animal Care Professionals

Next workshop:
October 2016

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