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Title Optimal wellbeing of ageing wild animals in human care / Sabrina Brando, Sarah Chapman, editors
Published Cham : Springer, 2023


Description 1 online resource (254 pages) : illustrations (black and white, and color)
Contents Holistic Approaches to Optimal Wellbeing of Ageing Wild Animals -- Ageing Gracefully: Compassion for Nonhuman Animal Elders -- The Importance of Meaningful Record Keeping in Caring for Ageing Wild Animals -- Facility Design for Diasabled and Ageing Wild Animals -- Environmental Enrichment for Ageing Zoo Animals -- The role of learning and training in caring for ageing animals -- Supporting Geriatric Zoo Animal Welfare through Nutrition -- Veterinary care of ageing zoo animals: Description of a Proactive Approach -- Pain: Physiology, Recognition, and Management in Zoo Animals -- Physiotherapy and Management of the Musculoskeletal Health of Ageing Wild Animals in Human Care -- Euthanasia of Geriatric Zoo Animals: Decision Making and Procedure -- The Longevity Legacy: The Challenges of Old Animals in Zoos -- Mourning-Like Behaviour in a Malayan Sun Bear -- Caring for Elderly Wild Animals: The Human Experience -- The View from Beyond the Fence: Ageing Zoo Animals and Communicating with the Outside World
Summary Many wild animals in human care live longer than their wild counterparts because of modern care and wellbeing programmes, leading to a growing demographic of ageing animals. This handbook is dedicated to their care. As an innovative expert publication, it integrates all aspects of professional care, including topics such as behaviour, ethics, environmental enrichment, training, veterinary care, nutrition and habitat design. Each animal is unique in their preferences, physical and emotional needs. Ageing animals may change their behaviour, alter the use space, and may also experience events and their relationships with their carers differently than they used to. The ageing process and death of an individual can be a significant event for others in their group, as well as the human carers. This book consolidates best practices for supporting and assessing optimal ageing animal wellbeing. It describes practical and science-informed approaches and philosophies regarding the care of ageing wild animals in zoos, aquariums, sanctuaries, universities and laboratories in a single source. This is an invaluable reference for veterinarians, animal care professionals, animal welfare researchers and students, and anyone with an interest in caring for animals. Personal stories and beautiful images of ageing individuals brightening the start of each chapter and remind us that what we do must be in the best interest of the animal and be at the heart of their care
Notes Includes index
Print version record
Subject Captive wild animals -- Aging
Captive wild animals -- Health
Form Electronic book
Author Brando, Sabrina, editor
Chapman, Sarah, editor
ISBN 9783031306594