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
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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
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