Behavioral and endocrine correlates of dominance in captive female Jackson’s hartebeest (Alcelaphus buselaphus)

For species that form dominance hierarchies, such as group-living ungulates, aggressive interactions can pose a challenge to successful captive management. For example, Jackson’s hartebeest (Alcelaphus buselaphus), a rare antelope of east Africa, can be difficult to maintain in captivity because aggression within female dominance hierarchies can lead to injury and death. We quantified behavioral and […]

The effect of pack separation on social relationships and behaviour in captive African wild dogs (Lycaon pictus)

African wild dogs (Lycaon pictus) are endangered carnivores with a population size that is currently estimated at 6.600 adults in the wild. The European Endangered Species Program (EEP) for African wild dogs aims to maintain a healthy zoo population that is sustainable on the long-term and thereby prevent extinction of the species. Safaripark Beekse Bergen […]

What time is feeding?: How delays and anticipation of feeding schedules affect stump-tailed macaque behavior

Everyday animal care routines are essential to an animal’s physical well-being, but the effects of husbandry routines on the animals’ psychological well-being are not often considered. The scheduling of animal care routines may have an important impact on how they are perceived by the animals involved. It was the objective of this study to assess […]

A Preliminary Behavioral Comparison of Two Captive All-Male Gorilla Groups

Gorillas live in polygamous harem groups, generally composed of one male, several adult females, and their offspring. With an equal numbers of male and female gorillas born in captivity, however, housing gorillas in social breeding units inevitably means that some males will not have access to female social partners. Thus, the future of the captive […]

Successful captive breeding of Mitchell’s water monitor, Varanus mitchelli (Mertens 1958), at Perth Zoo

Abstract Mitchell’s water monitors (Varanus mitchelli) have been maintained on display at Perth Zoo since 1997. They are generally a timid species but have been maintained and bred in a mixed species water feature exhibit. In this article we describe their captive management and behavior with an insight into their reproductive biology. Between 2002 and […]

Factors affecting wounding aggression in a colony of captive chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes)

Abstract 10.1002/zoo.20263.abs Previous research has suggested that chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) display higher levels of aggression in captivity than in the wild. One of the challenges of captive management, therefore, is to balance the chimpanzees’ need for social interaction with managements’ desire to minimize wounding and aggression. Various captive studies have examined the effects of individual […]

GPS assessment of the use of exhibit space and resources by African elephants (Loxodonta africana)

Abstract 10.1002/zoo.20250.abs In public discussions of animal rights and welfare, we as members and proponents of zoological institutions often face significant challenges addressing the concerns of our detractors due to an unfortunate deficiency in systematically collected and published data on the animals in our collections. In the case of elephants, there has been a paucity […]

Variation in nature: its implications for zoo elephant management

Abstract 10.1002/zoo.20087.abs Despite many advances in animal care and welfare over the past few decades, zoos have been criticized recently for the quality of their elephant management programs. More specifically, critics have argued that elephants live miserable lives in captivity and thus should not be kept in zoos. Poor health and reproductive success, they say, […]

Factors affecting reproduction in zoo-housed geoffroy’s tamarins(Saguinus geoffroyi)

Abstract 10.1002/zoo.10099.abs The captive population of Geoffroy’s tamarins (Saguinus geoffroyi) has suffered a severe decline over the past 10 years. This population decline is attributed not to a failure to produce offspring, but rather to a failure to successfully rear offspring. To date, no studies have quantitatively examined the behaviors and hormones of this tamarin […]

Dangerous animals in captivity: Ex situ tiger conflict and implications for private ownership of exotic animals

Abstract 10.1002/zoo.10117.abs The risks associated with tiger attacks on people in the wild are well documented. There may currently be more tigers in captivity than in the wild, but relatively little is known about the risks of injury or death associated with owning and managing captive tigers and other large carnivores. The purpose of this […]