© 2013

Zoo Animal Welfare


Part of the Animal Welfare book series (AWNS, volume 14)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Terry L. Maple, Bonnie M. Perdue
    Pages 1-20
  3. Terry L. Maple, Bonnie M. Perdue
    Pages 21-33
  4. Terry L. Maple, Bonnie M. Perdue
    Pages 35-47
  5. Terry L. Maple, Bonnie M. Perdue
    Pages 49-67
  6. Terry L. Maple, Bonnie M. Perdue
    Pages 69-94
  7. Terry L. Maple, Bonnie M. Perdue
    Pages 95-117
  8. Terry L. Maple, Bonnie M. Perdue
    Pages 119-137
  9. Terry L. Maple, Bonnie M. Perdue
    Pages 139-165
  10. Terry L. Maple, Bonnie M. Perdue
    Pages 167-183
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 185-209

About this book


Zoo Animal Welfare thoroughly reviews the scientific literature on the welfare of zoo and aquarium animals. Maple and Perdue draw from the senior author’s 24 years of experience as a zoo executive and international leader in the field of zoo biology. The authors’ academic training in the interdisciplinary field of psychobiology provides a unique perspective for evaluating the ethics, practices, and standards of modern zoos and aquariums.  The book offers a blueprint for the implementation of welfare measures and an objective rationale for their widespread use. Recognizing the great potential of zoos, the authors have written an inspirational book to guide the strategic vision of superior, welfare-oriented institutions. The authors speak directly to caretakers working on the front lines of zoo management, and to the decision-makers responsible for elevating the priority of animal welfare in their respective zoo. In great detail, Maple and Perdue demonstrate how zoos and aquariums can be designed to achieve optimal standards of welfare and wellness.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Wilkes Honors College, Biology and Psychology DepartmentsFlorida Atlantic UniversityJupiter/Boca RatonUSA
  2. 2.Agnes Scott College, School of PsychologyGeorgia Institute of TechnologyAtlantaUSA

About the authors

Terry L. Maple is Research Professor of Biology and Psychology, and Affiliate Professor at the Harriett Wilkes Honors College of Florida Atlantic University. He is also Professor-in-Residence at the San Francisco Zoo and a leadership consultant to non-profit organizations. He previously served as the President/CEO of Zoo Atlanta and the Palm Beach Zoo. Dr. Maple was elected president of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums in 1999. For a decade he served as the Elizabeth Smithgall Watts Professor in the School of Psychology at the Georgia Institute of Technology where he founded and directed the Center for Conservation & Behavior. Dr. Maple served for four years on the board of the U.S. Institute for Museum and Library Services, a Presidential appointment. As the Founding Editor he launched the scientific journal Zoo Biology in 1982. Dr. Maple and his many students and collaborators have written and edited more than 200 scientific books and papers, including Ethics on the Ark (1995) and Great Apes and Humans: the Ethics of Coexistence (2001) both published by Smithsonian Institution Press.

Bonnie M. Perdue is a post-doctoral scientist at the Language Research Center at Georgia State University in Atlanta. She received her Ph.D. in Cognition and Brain Sciences with an emphasis on Animal Behavior and Comparative Psychology from the School of Psychology at the Georgia Institute of Technology where she served as the Coordinator of the Center for Conservation & Behavior. Dr. Perdue has conducted behavioral research on giant pandas in China, otters, elephants, flamingos, and a variety of non-human primate taxa at Zoo Atlanta and the Language Research Center at Georgia State University. Her papers have been published in many peer-reviewed journals including Biology Letters, the Journal of Comparative Psychology, the Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science, and Zoo Biology.

Bibliographic information


From the reviews:

“In ‘Zoo Animal Welfare’, Maple and Perdue explore the ethics, practices and standards of modern zoos by incorporating medical, psychological, biological and scientific information that is essential to advancing animal welfare. … This book is an inspiring reference guide that demonstrates how to improve results in the field of animal welfare in zoos.” (Kara Chirgwin and Monika Fiby,, May, 2014)

“The authors believe that good zoos give maximum value for animals, visitors, and even conservation. … the book shows imaginative and appropriate physical designs, such as a series of pools for hippos and trees or tunnels for snakes. Blending principles and demonstrations, Maple and Perdue clearly illustrate how to make zoos good places for captive animals to live and for people to visit. Summing Up: Recommended. Animal studies collections, upper-division undergraduates and above.” (J. A. Mather, Choice, Vol. 51 (3), November, 2013)