Announcing the first title in a major new UFAW Animal Welfare Series

Environmental Enrichment for Captive Animals

Environmental Enrichment for Captive Animals

Robert J Young

We would like to announce the publication of the first book in the UFAW/Blackwell Animal Welfare Series, Environmental Enrichment for Captive Animals by Dr Robert J Young. The aim of this series, which is a collaboration between UFAW and the well-known publisher Blackwell Science Ltd of Oxford, is to provide an authoritative source of information on worldwide developments, current thinking and best practice in the field of animal welfare science and technology, in keeping with UFAW's tradition for intellectual rigour in the pursuit of advances in animal welfare. Anyone wishing to contribute to the series should contact Robert Hubrecht..

Environmental Enrichment for Captive Animals

Robert J Young

Environmental enrichment is a simple and effective means of improving animal welfare in any species - companion, farm, laboratory and zoo. For many years, it has been a popular area of research, and has attracted the attention and concerns of animal keepers and carers, animal industry professionals, academics, students and pet owners all over the world.

This book is the first to integrate scientific knowledge and principles to show how environmental enrichment can be used on different types of animal. Filling a major gap, it considers the history of animal keeping, legal issues and ethics, right through to a detailed exploration of whether environmental enrichment actually works, the methods involved, and how to design and manage enrichment programmes.

The book will be of value to both academics and practitioners alike working with captive animals.

Key Features

  • Draws together a large amount of research on different animals
  • Provides detailed examples and case studies
  • An invaluable reference tool for all those who work with or study animals in captivity
  • Provides scientific evidence that environmental enrichment does improve animal welfare and also importantly describes practical ways to implement environmental enrichment
  • The first time that the science and practice have been integrated together
  • Written in such a way as to appeal to both academics and practitioners


  • Environmental Enrichment: an Historical Perspective
  • Why Bother with Environmental Enrichment?
  • Does Environmental Enrichment Work?
  • Proactive versus Reactive use of Environmental Enrichment
  • Designing an Enrichment Device
  • The Enrichment Programme
  • Enrichment for Different Categories of Animals
  • Food and Foraging Enrichment
  • Social Environmental Enrichment
  • Housing
  • Furniture, Toys and Other Foibles
  • Designing and Analysing Enrichment Studies
  • Information Sources about Environmental Enrichment
  • References

Robert Young is currently Professor of Animal Behaviour at PUC-Minas (Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais) in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil where he works on environmental enrichment in zoos and conducts field research on a number of different species. He has given lectures, workshops and mini-courses on the subject of environmental enrichment in the UK, USA, Denmark, Russia and Brazil.

228 pages, paperback. ISBN 9780632064076 Published September 2003.

Normal price 49.99.



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