Papers from the past: Dr Samantha Ward suggests two must reads

Dr Samantha Ward is a Senior Lecturer in Animal Science at Nottingham Trent University (UK) and manages the BSc Zoo Biology course.  Sam’s research has focussed on zoo animal behaviour & welfare with particular focus on the impacts of human-animal interactions (HAI), human-animal relationships (HAR) in zoos and zoo animal husbandry and management techniques to investigate impacts and improve captive welfare.

Research Gate: ORCID ID: 0000-0002-5857-1071

As an expert in zoo animal welfare she is ideally placed to suggest past papers that exotic animal carers should read – thanks Sam!

Don’t forget to contact us if you would like share some older papers with us, we’d love to hear from non-UK scientists so have a think and get in touch 🙂

Here Dr Ward suggests two papers for you to read:

Hill and Broom, 2009. Measuring Zoo Animal Welfare: Theory and Practice. Zoo Biology 28:531–544

With such influential authors, this paper highlights the importance of animal welfare research in the zoo setting and how we as zoo welfare scientists can utilise the current knowledge and techniques to successfully measure the impact that we have on captive zoo animals and therefore how we can improve and make things better for the zoo animals. It’s a great paper to help formulate methodologies for new studies into zoo animal welfare.

For us this is also a very important paper: although sample and population sizes are clearly quite small in zoos and aquariums that does not mean good science cannot be achieved.

Hosey 2008. A preliminary model of human–animal relationships in the zoo. Applied Animal Behaviour Science 109:105–127.

When I was starting off in zoo science, I was interested in human-animal-interactions (HAI) and human-animal-relationships (HAR) and this review paper pulled everything together in such a clear and scientific context. HAI and HAR is now where I focus the majority of my research and this paper is one that I am always referring back to; especially the human-animal-interaction model. Before this, no author had really tied together all the potential outcomes of interactions and how they might impact on the animals experiences within zoos so it really was a game changer in this subject area.

As we are required to interact with animals, understand our relationship is clearly very important, thanks for some great papers Dr Ward!

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