Toward a science of welfare for animals in the zoo.

  • Terry L. Maple
  • Published 2007 in Journal of applied animal welfare science : JAAWS


Although the accredited institutions of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums have all committed to enhancing the welfare of nonhuman animals, acceptable standards and best practices are still under debate. Currently, experts from zoos and the field hold widely divergent opinions about exhibition and management standards for elephants. Standards and practices for managing nonhuman primates provide a model for other nonhuman creatures exhibited in zoos and aquariums. Examining the key issues for primates demonstrates the value of applying scientific data before promulgating standards. The field of applied behavior analysis provides a wealth of information to frame the debate. Animal behaviorists have contributed to an emerging science of animal welfare, which may provide a foundation for empirical zoo management, standards, and practices.

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@article{Maple2007TowardAS, title={Toward a science of welfare for animals in the zoo.}, author={Terry L. Maple}, journal={Journal of applied animal welfare science : JAAWS}, year={2007}, volume={10 1}, pages={63-70} }