Wild Animals in Captivity

Wild Animals in Captivity

1st Edition - January 1, 1950

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  • Author: H. Hediger
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483226149

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Wild Animals in Captivity covers some of the mistaken notions concerning the conditions of animals in captivity, most of which are the result of an anthropomorphic approach to the subject. This book is composed of 12 chapters and starts with an overview of the historical development of zoological gardens. The succeeding chapters deal with the territorial requirements and sociological factors in the wild life. These topics are followed by discussions of the wild animal’s transition behavior from freedom to captivity; the physiological and psychological aspects of animal captivity; and the motive and situation of animal escapes. Other chapters emphasize the physical and biological environment of animals in captivity. The final chapters examine the problems related to feeding patterns, and nutrition of captive animals. These chapters also explore the relationship between human and animal, their capacity to be tamed and trained. This book will prove useful to zoologists.

Table of Contents

  • Foreword

    1 Introduction

    2 Territorial Requirements in the Wild State

    Geographical Range

    The Biochore or Habitat

    The Biotope or Ecological Niche

    The Territory

    Space and Time Pattern

    The Mosaic of Territories

    3 Sociological Factors in the Wild State

    Predator-Prey Relationship

    Biological Rank

    Social Rank

    Mating Pattern and Reproduction Ceremonial

    4 From Freedom to Captivity

    5 Range in the Wild State

    The Space Necessary Physiologically and Psychologically

    Activity from Internal Motive and External Cause

    6 The Problem of Confined Space

    Biological and Psychological

    Technical Aspects

    7 Escapes

    Cage Breakers

    Motives and Situation


    8 Quality of the Environment

    Endogenous Factors

    9 Exogenous Factors: Physical Environment

    Water and Air (Climate)

    The Ground

    10 Exogenous Factors: Biological Environment



    11 The Problem of Food

    The Social Factor

    Feeding Patterns

    Quality and Quantity of Food

    Food Presentation—Timing and Method




    12 The Animal's Relationship with Man

    Degrees of Relationship

    Meaning of Tameness

    Meanings of Training

    Pathic Attitude Towards Man

    Assimilation Tendency

    Both Sides of the Zoological Garden



    Name Index

    Subject Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 218
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Butterworth-Heinemann 1950
  • Published: January 1, 1950
  • Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483226149

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