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By Paul A. Rees

Learning Captive Animals outlines the tools which may be used to review the behaviour, welfare and ecology of animals residing below the keep an eye on of people, together with significant other animals, feral populations, and people residing on farms and in zoos.

This ebook is a step by step advisor to the complete strategy of accomplishing a systematic examine: from designing the unique undertaking, formulating testable hypotheses, and gathering and analysing the knowledge, to drawing conclusions from the paintings and writing it up as a systematic file or paper. It additionally illustrates how you can write a proper examine thought - a very important and sometimes tricky part of the scholar venture - and the way to house the moral overview procedure.

Sample facts assortment sheets are supplied and the research and presentation of information are labored via in diagrammatic shape. additionally, workouts are incorporated that let the reader to perform analysing sorts of info and suggestion is supplied at the choice of applicable statistical exams. The textual content describes the different sorts of scholar tasks that could be undertaken within the box, and explains the place secondary info will be chanced on for zoos.

This is an insightful source, really for these learning and dealing with zoo and livestock. it really is crucial interpreting for college kids learning zoo biology and animal administration; it's also compatible for college kids on classes in animal behaviour, animal welfare, zoology, biology, psychology, animal technology, animal construction, animal ecology, conservation biology, and veterinary technological know-how. This ebook is basically meant for undergraduates yet can also be of worth to postgraduate scholars who've no longer formerly engaged in box experiences. pros operating in associations which are contributors of the area organization of Zoos and Aquariums, the eu organization of Zoos and Aquaria and different nearby and nationwide zoo firms will take advantage of entry to this sensible consultant.

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Caro et al. 1) A+ D where, A = number of agreements D = number of disagreements. 583 Alternatively, it is possible to use correlation methods to compare the total frequency or duration of a specific behaviour category as measured by two independent observers. g. 14a). 14b). Pearson’s correlation coefficient (r) (Eq. g. McDonnell and Diehl, 1990; Neuman et al. 1999) and Spearman’s rank correlation coefficient (ρ) (Eq. 20) if they are ordinal. g. , 2005) or Fleiss’ kappa when there are more than two observers.

Yerkes National Primate Center College farms & animal collections WORKING ENVIRONMENTS FERAL SITUATIONS Elephant camps Racehorse stables Laboratories Research farms Cats, dogs, goats, horses, pigeons, etc. Deer parks Circuses Fig. 6 Sources of captive animals for study. 3% involved wildlife management. 6%). I examined 349 papers published in Zoo Biology between 1996 and mid‐2004 and identified a significant change in emphasis in the research carried out by zoos during this period (Rees, 2005). Reproductive studies replaced behaviour as the largest category (34%), followed by studies of nutrition, growth and development (19%) and behaviour and enrichment (17%).

1 Introduction Introduction The design of any scientific study is critical to its success. A badly designed study may not be amenable to statistical analysis and, in some cases, may produce data that result in invalid conclusions. In order to construct a good design an understanding of scientific method, sampling and statistics is required. Before we can consider the design of a study itself we must first establish that suitable animals are available and that they are accessible. 1 Selecting a Species Some species are inherently more interesting subjects for a scientific study than others.

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