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Second Nature: Environmental Enrichment for Captive Animals          


Edited by David J. Shepherdson, Jill D. Mellen, and Michael Hutchins

Forward by Terry Maple

Cloth ISBN: 1-56098-745-6

Price: $32.50 + $3.50 postage & handling for the first book; $1.00 for each additional book.

Bringing together the work of animal behaviorists, zoo biologists, and psychologists, Second Nature explores a range of innovative strategies for environmental enrichment in laboratories and marine parks as well as in zoos. From artificial fleeing-prey devices for leopards to irregular feeding schedules for whales, the practices discussed have resulted in healthier, more relaxed animals that can breed more easily and can exert some control over their environments. Moving beyond the usual studies of primates, contributors argue that whether an animal forages in the wild or plays computer games in captivity, the satisfaction its activity provides rather than the activity itself determines its level of physical and psychological well-being.


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