Investigation human-animal/animal-animal interactions in petting zoos
The study in different petting zoos should provide basic information about the human-animal interaction in different contexts. Direct contact with the animals in the petting zoo is an important experience for visitors. Only in this part of the zoo visitors are allowed to come close to the animals. In free flight aviaries and walk-through enclosures, touching and feeding the animals is often prohibited. In the petting zoo, however, the sensory perception of touch can be experienced. This leads to a positive reinforcement of the zoo experience. In addition they can be directly involved with the animals, which is otherwise rare. Due to urbanization and the livestock being held in large companies, there remains little opportunity otherwise to experience direct contact with animals.
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