Research objectives

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Behaviour and physiology of giraffes in zoos

The giraffe is the tallest animal on earth – but how does such a giant sleep? As all mammals also a giraffe has to sleep– even if only for short periods. During the life of a giraffe the sleeping behavior is changing and depending on age and stage of life the frequency and length of the sleeping periods vary. Achieving data about how sleeping behavior of giraffes develops during lifetime and how stressors may influence it is the objective of our research.

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Behaviour and physiology of Asian and African elephants in zoos

Long-term study of activity budgets and habitat use as well as feeding and social behaviours in different elephant enclosures will supply basic behavioural data, which will be the basis for well-being enhancing changes in management. The effects of enrichment on behaviour and physiology of elephants will be investigated in detail, taking into account the individual 'personality'.

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Conservation learning in zoos

Zoological gardens have been regarded as important institutions that have or are changing from mere exhibitors of wildlife to contributing directly to conservation. Among the variety of conservational efforts conservation education of the visiting public in zoos plays a major role. Our research wants to give a detailed view upon this education task.

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Effects of environmental education programms on attitude, knowledge and behavior

We investigate baseline differences and the effect of a singular outdoor educational program on environmental attitudes, knowledge and behavior between primary and secondary school students educated in a variety of countries an out-of-school learning situations.

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