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Sandell, Ann-Sofie, 2010. Samgång av olika arter på svenska djurparker. First cycle, G2E. Skara: SLU, Dept. of Animal Environment and Health (until 231231)



Zoos currently aim at keeping animals in as natural habitats as possible, since they have
gone from displaying exotic animals to working with conservation of endangered species.
It is therefore more common that zoos keep groups composed of two or more species in the
same enclosure. The aim of this report is to study why and how different species are held at
zoos. Species in the wild can interact in different degrees depending on season and
resources. When species are held together at zoos the space can be more effectively used,
the animals increase their activity and the visitors increase their learning. Mixed species
enclosures involve more work and risks of injury. My recommendation for addition to the
Swedish directions (L108) is that the animals should have opportunity to retreat when they
are held with one or more species, to imitate their natural life as much as possible and
decrease the stress it could mean for the animals. To get a view of how common mixed
species enclosures are at Swedish zoos, I got in contact with the zoologist on each of the
zoos that are members of The Swedish Association of Zoos and Aquaria, SAZA. They
answered which species were held together at each zoo and why. Almost all zoos have
mixed species enclosures in different extensions and with the aim to give the animals and
visitor enrichment at the same time as the animals represent a biotope. More scientific
studies are desired, both at mixed species groups in the wild and at zoos.

Main title:Samgång av olika arter på svenska djurparker
Authors:Sandell, Ann-Sofie
Supervisor:Yngvesson, Jenny
Examiner:Skog, Malin
Series:Studentarbete / Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet, Institutionen för husdjurens miljö och hälsa
Volume/Sequential designation:314
Year of Publication:2010
Level and depth descriptor:First cycle, G2E
Student's programme affiliation:VK002 Ethology and Animal Welfare - Bachelor's Programme 180 HEC
Supervising department:(VH) > Dept. of Animal Environment and Health (until 231231)
Keywords:Samgång, Djurpark, Välfärd, Hägnutformning, Mixed species enclosures
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Subject. Use of subject categories until 2023-04-30.:Animal ecology
Animal husbandry
Deposited On:07 Jul 2010 08:44
Metadata Last Modified:20 Apr 2012 14:14

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