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The Psychology and Behaviour of Animals in Zoos and Circuses
The Psychology and Behaviour of Animals in Zoos and Circuses Author:Dr. H. Hediger In this book Dr. h. Hediger, Director of the Zurich Zoological Gardens, uses many of his observations as the basis of a series of essays in animal psychology, with particular emphasis on the behavior of captive animals in zoos and circuses. First discussing the historical development of animal psychology as a science, he describes the nature of ... more »the science as he sees it (the investigation of animal behavior plus sympathetic understanding), and outlines several possible approaches to its study. His own approach, that of the animal psychologist in the zoo, takes as its material the wild animal that has developed in nature without man's interference.
He goes on to discuss how animals live in the wild, demonstrating a striking similarity between human and animal homes, even to the extent of functional "room" divisions and "roads" between homes. The features of the animal's daily life - rest, acquisition and assimilation of food, play, various kinds of social activity, and the dominant avoidance of enemies - are discussed in great detail with numerous examples from the author's observation.
Unabridged republication of English translation of Skizzen zu einer Tierpsychologie im Zoo und im Zirkus, translated by Geoffrey Sircom.« less