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AnthrozoologyHuman-Animal Interactions in Domesticated and Wild Animals$
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Geoff Hosey and Vicky Melfi

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198753629

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198753629.001.0001

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Zoo animals

Zoo animals

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(p.81) Chapter 5 Zoo animals
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Anthrozoology
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Samantha Ward

Sally Sherwen

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198753629.003.0005

With the number of zoos increasing worldwide, there are now growing opportunities for human–animal interactions (HAIs) in zoos. HAIs occur throughout the day, every day, with variations in their duration, quality and dyadic components (familiar or unfamiliar humans). Research has shown that HAIs can affect the development of positive, negative and neutral human–animal relationships (HARs), which in turn can have short- and long-term implications on the animals’ behaviour, physiology and welfare. For example, positive HAIs can lead to positive HARs between specific keeper–animal dyads, and in some cases can lead to positive association of visitors. This area of research is still in its infancy yet deemed to be one of the most influential aspects of zoo animal welfare science. This chapter highlights current trends in HAR research and areas for future developments for both familiar and unfamiliar humans and the animals that they encounter in various contexts.

Keywords:   human–animal interaction, human–animal relationship, zoo, welfare, visitor, keeper

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