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Second Nature: Environmental Enrichment for Captive Animals Paperback – May 14, 1999

ISBN-13: 978-1560983972 ISBN-10: 1560983973

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 376 pages
  • Publisher: Smithsonian Institution Press (May 14, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1560983973
  • ISBN-13: 978-1560983972
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #178,795 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The best zoos are no longer menageries, places where unusual animals are held in cages for the amusement of the bored public. They are now conservation centers, and the animals in their care contribute to the teaching of environmental awareness in zoo visitors. Zoos are also important genetic "arks," especially for the captive breeding of endangered species. How then can zoos make the lives of their captive animals more complete so that they will exhibit normal behaviors, breed in captivity, and possibly be released back into the wild? The current volume brings together the work of animal behaviorists to discuss environmental enrichment, a term that covers any modifications to the animals' social and physical environment. Divided into three sections covering theoretical bases, conservation and animal welfare, and husbandry and training, the various papers cover an array of training and caging techniques for species from primates to hoofed animals. This important volume will be of interest to every zoo fan and animal-behavior enthusiast, as well as those concerned with animal welfare, and belongs in libraries with large natural-history collections. Nancy Bent --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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“An important volume for those concerned with animal care, captive maintenance, and the ethics of issues surrounding the maintenance of animals in artificial environments. . . . [It offers] a fascinating overview of how far the discipline of applied animal behavior has advanced in the last twenty years.”—Quarterly Review of Biology

“[This] book is . . . the first to provide a theoretical framework for a science of environmental enrichment. This is still a very young science and much remains to be done. But Second Nature provides an informative introduction, as well as offering some pointers to future developments.”—International Zoo News

Second Nature is a gold mine of information. . . . The editors are leaders in the field and the thirty-eight contributors represent an all-star cast. An excellent book and a must-read.”—BioScience

“This important volume will be of interest to every zoo fan and animal-behavior enthusiast, as well as those concerned with animal welfare.”—Booklist

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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 20, 1999
Format: Hardcover
A book that had to be written. This book is a good and basic guide for people working or interested in environmental enrichment. Several aspects are covered by the book, from theoretical bases to the implications to use enrichment for the conservation and welfare of wild animals. However, although it gives a lots of examples on mammals and some on reptiles, it forgets birds.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 15, 2004
Format: Paperback
I bought "Ethics on the Ark" at the same time as this book, and was disappointed with that book. This book, however, was a very nice surprise. I felt it gave a unbiased view of captive animal enrichment, and the ethics behind keeping animals in captivity. I appreciated the completeness of this book, starting from a historical perspective, straight through to modern reasoning. I would say this is a must have for anyone working with animals in a captive environment.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Sarah on July 19, 2004
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This is my must have book (bible) for my research on environmental enrichment. If you work with animals in a captive situation, you need to read this book. The book also deals with stereotypy. A lot of excellent information on enrichment and its implications for captive animals. If you are at all interested in environmental enrichment or currently implement an enrichment program for your animals, do yourself a favor and read this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Maria Fernanda Mejia Salazar on November 16, 2008
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This is an extraordinary book, very useful and easy to read. Every zoo should have one.
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