Anthrozoology: Human-Animal Interactions in Domesticated and Wild Animals

ISBN : 9780198753636

Geoff Hosey; Vicky Melfi
256 Pages
189 x 246 mm
Pub date
Dec 2018
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  • The first book to synthesise our current state of empirical knowledge across the entire range of contexts in which humans interact with animals
  • Discusses the implications for both human and animal welfare
  • Ideal graduate course material: comprehensive in scope and conceptual in focus

Anthrozoology, the study of human-animal interactions (HAIs), has experienced substantial growth during the past 20 years and it is now timely to synthesise what we know from empirical evidence about our relationships with both domesticated and wild animals. Two principal points of focus have become apparent in much of this research. One is the realisation that the strength of these attachments not only has emotional benefits for people, but confers health benefits as well, such that a whole area has opened up of using companion animals for therapeutic purposes. The other is the recognition that the interactions we have with animals have consequences for their welfare too, and thus impact on their quality of life. Consequently we now study HAIs in all scenarios in which animals come into contact with humans, whether as pets/companions, farm livestock, laboratory animals, animals in zoos, or in the wild. This topical area of study is of growing importance for animals in animal management, animal handling, animal welfare and applied ethology courses, and also for people within psychology, anthropology and human geography at both the undergraduate and postgraduate level. It will therefore be of interest to students, researchers, and animal managers across the whole spectrum of human-animal contact.


1: Introduction, Geoff Hosey & Vicky Melfi
2: Companion Animals, James Serpell
3: Agricultural Animals, Susanne Waiblinger
4: Laboratory Animals, Kristine Coleman & Alison Heagerty
5: Zoo Animals, Samantha Ward & Sally Sherwen
6: Wild Animals and Tourists, Ralf Buckley
7: Urban Wildlife, Seth Magle
8: Synthesis, Vicky Melfi & Geoff Hosey

About the author: 

Edited by Geoff Hosey, Formerly Principal Lecturer in Biology, University of Bolton, UK, and Vicky Melfi, Principal Lecturer: Human-Animal Interactions, Hartpury University Centre, Hartpury College, Gloucester, UK
Geoff Hosey gained a BSc (Hons) in Zoology in 1970 and a PhD in Behavioural Ecology in 1974 from Manchester University. In 1976 he joined Bolton Institute (now University of Bolton) as a lecturer, and stayed there until his retirement in 2006, teaching behavioural biology, research methods and other aspects of biology to students in Biology and in Psychology. His research interests during this time became concentrated on primate behaviour and zoo animal welfare, both of which he still enjoys, though now as a hobby rather than as a job!
Vicky Melfi is Principal Lecturer in Human-Animal Interactions at Hartpury University Centre, Gloucestershire, UK. She has worked for over 25 years in the zoo profession in the UK, Ireland and Australia, and founded the conservation programme Selamatkan Yaki in Sulawesi, Indonesia. Vicky has held various academic appointments at the Universities of Exeter, Plymouth and Sydney. She gained a PhD in Zoology (Trinity College Dublin), an MSc in Applied Animal Behaviour and Welfare (University of Edinburgh) and a BSc (Hons) in Animal Science (University of Nottingham). She is a passionate advocate of professional/academic collaborations to support evidence based practice, to better understand human-animal interactions and improve animal welfare and conservation outcomes.

Ralf Buckley holds the International Chair in Ecotourism Research at Griffith University, Australia, and is also Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Institute for Geographical Sciences and Natural Resources Research of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He is a natural and social scientist, focusing on practical mechanisms for conservation of biodiversity, and has published 12 books and more than 300 journal articles.
Kristine Coleman is an Associate Professor and Head of the Behavioral Services Unit at the Oregon National Primate Research Center. After receiving her Ph.D. in Behavioral Ecology at Binghamton University, she went to the ONPRC for her postdoctoral training and has been there since. She has been studying the behavior and welfare of nonhuman primates for over 20 years. 
Allison Heagerty received a B.S. in Biological Anthropology and Ph.D. in Animal Behavior at the University of California, Davis. She has been working with non-human primates in the research environment since 1998. She is currently a Senior Research Associate at the Oregon National Primate Research Center, where she manages social housing of rhesus macaques.
Geoff Hosey was Principal Lecturer in Biology at the University of Bolton until his retirement in 2005, and is now Honorary Professor there. His experience of undertaking research and supervising students has mostly been in behavioural biology, animal welfare and primatology, and he is still involved in research on zoo animal welfare, particularly about human-animal relationships in the zoo. He is a member of the BIAZA Research Committee and is one of the authors of the textbook Zoo Animals: Behaviour, Management and Welfare (Oxford UP, 2nd edition 2013).
Anne Kwiatt is an anthropologist and primatologist interested in socioecology and behaviour, urban wildlife ecology, and the application of cross-disciplinary methods to research. During her undergraduate and graduate training at the University of Notre Dame, New York University, and University of Texas at San Antonio she researched the impact of urbanization on macaque diets in Singapore and Gibraltar. Currently Anne is the research coordinator of the Lester E. Fisher Center for the Study and Conservation of Apes at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago, where she manages the behavioural research programs for the ape, chimpanzee and Japanese macaque populations. 
Seth Magle is an urban wildlife ecologist who has studied animals living in cities for more than fifteen years. He has a master's degree from the University of Wisconsin and a doctorate from Colorado State University. He currently directs the Urban Wildlife Institute at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago, and serves as the executive director of the Urban Wildlife Information Network, a global initiative to study wildlife in cities around the world. His vision is to help create a planet on which urban areas are a valuable resource for the conservation of biodiversity.
Vicky Melfi is currently the Principal Lecturer in Human-Animal Interactions at Hartpury University Centre, Gloucestershire, UK. She has gained almost 30 years' experience working professionally in animal welfare and conservation, in the UK at Drusillas Zoo Park, Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust, in Ireland at Dublin Zoo, in Australia at the Taronga Conservation Society, and finally founding the conservation programme Selamatkan Yaki in Sulawesi, Indonesia. She has also held various academic appointments, notably at the Universities of Exeter, Plymouth and Sydney. Vicky is a passionate advocate of professional/academic collaborations to gather data which can underpin evidence based practice, to better understand human-animal interactions, which will lead to great animal welfare and conservation outcomes.
James Serpell is the Marie A. Moore Professor of Animal Ethics & Welfare at the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, USA. His research and teaching focus on veterinary ethics, the behavior and welfare of dogs and cats, and human-animal interactions. He has published more than 170 articles and book chapters on these and related topics, and is the author, editor or co-editor of several books including Animals & Human Society (1994), In the Company of Animals (1986, 1996), Companion Animals & Us (2000), and The Domestic Dog: Its Evolution, Behavior & Interactions with People (1995, 2017).
Sally Sherwen is an animal welfare scientist based at Zoos Victoria (Melbourne Zoo, Werribee Zoo and Healesville Sanctuary in Australia). There, she develops and co-ordinates research programs to facilitate evidence-based management in animal welfare at the organisation. A particular area of interest for Sally is the field of Human-Animal Relationships in zoo-housed species. Her PhD focussed on better understanding the visitor effect in previously unstudied groups of animals including meerkats, penguins and kangaroos. In addition to human-animal relationships in zoos, other areas of research interest include investigating novel approaches to animal welfare assessment, evaluating cognitive enrichment programs and the use of technology to advance animal welfare science.
Susanne Waiblinger is a veterinarian specialising in ethology, animal husbandry and animal welfare science (Dipl. ECAWBM - AWSEL). She is Associate Professor at the Institute of Animal Husbandry and Welfare of the University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna, leading the group of human-animal relationships, ruminant behaviour and welfare, and started to work in these fields more than 25 year ago. Besides human-farm animal relationships, her research also focuses on the interactions of environment, social behaviour and welfare in dairy cows and goats, including ontogenetic aspects, as well as on on-farm assessment of animal welfare in ruminants. 
Samantha Ward is a Senior Lecturer in Animal Science at Nottingham Trent University. Previously Sam worked as a zoo animal keeper of various hoofstock, primate and macropod species. Sam then went on to an MSc in Animal Behaviour and then a PhD in Animal Behaviour and Welfare. Following this, she was a zoo conservation and research manager with animal record (ZIMS), animal transportation and studbook responsibilities. Sam's research has focussed on animal behaviour and welfare with particular focus on zoo animals and 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. 
Werner Zollitsch is Professor for Sustainability of Animal Production Systems and current Head of Department of Sustainable Agricultural Systems at BOKU-University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna. He has 20 years of research experience in studying effects of feeding strategies on various aspects of different animal production systems, including organic and low input systems. His main research interests include analysis and optimisation of livestock systems with a focus on ecological indicators of sustainability and their interactions with farm characteristics and other elements of sustainability. He is also involved in research and teaching organic livestock production with a focus on sustainability and feeding strategies.

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