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Cetacean Welfare in Professionally Managed Programs

Partnered Collections

There is a strong commitment among accredited zoos and aquariums that exhibit cetaceans to use data to ensure the animals thrive under their professional care. This collection presents the results of the first multi-institutional study on cetacean welfare in accredited zoos and aquariums. The authors partnered with 43 accredited zoos and aquariums around the world that resulted in the largest dataset to date on the care and management of cetaceans, including common bottlenose dolphins, Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins, beluga whales, and Pacific white-sided dolphins. The studies in this collection develop both common and novel indicators of health and welfare for cetaceans in accredited zoos and aquariums and examine how physical habitat, environmental enrichment, and animal training influence the welfare of bottlenose dolphins.

Image Credit: 10.1371/journal.pone.0253732 CC BY 4.0

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