Animal Welfare : A Research Guide
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What is animal welfare? "Animal Welfare refers to an animal’s collective physical, mental, and emotional states over a period of time, and is measured on a continuum from good to poor." --AZA Animal Welfare Committee.
What can I find in this guide? Key print and online information resources about animal welfare in zoos and conservation settings -- animal welfare guidelines, assessment methods, enrichment, ethics, regulations.
Disclaimer: This site is maintained by the SDZG Library for the use of San Diego Zoo Global staff and volunteers. Although we make every attempt to provide accurate information, some of the resources and links may become outdated. If you have suggestions for updates or additional resources, we welcome your feedback.
SDZG staff can find a variety of useful resources in the Animal Welfare and Enrichment pages on SDZG's intranet portal, the Insider. Note: access is restricted to networked computers.