Wildlife and Welfare
The non human animals we share the world with are all around us;
captive in zoos and amusement parks, fringe specialists in our urban
or suburban interfaces such as deer, raccoons or feral cats or those
that remain in the wild. Explore how the behavior of human and
non human animals impact on each other and the world.
A brief history of rabies in NYC raccoons and my interview
with the city on the Health Department's plans to control it (more).
Raccoons and rabies, the basics: learn the facts about rabies, the
history of the disease and what it looks like in animals (more).
A raccoon primer for the city dweller: discover more about the
behavior and history of this clever animal (more).
The bird window collision dilemma: After loss of habitat, fatal
collisions with windows are the second largest cause of avian
mortality. Why it happens and how to start thinking about how to
NYC implements plans to exterminate area geese, are there
alternatives? What are the humane animal control options and are
they being considered? (more)
Avoid deer vehicle collisions during hunting and mating seasons:
With more deer on our roadways know how to best avoid them while
Winter means hungry birds and squirrels: Severe weather
brings out more than just birds foraging in search of food (more).
The signs say "don't feed the birds," the birds say "please do"
because of us: People feed urban wildlife mostly to get close to them.
The behavior of the greylag geese at St. James Park indicates the
interactions are gentle ones (more).
Limiting bird strikes at airports with falconry and habitat
management: The use of raptors, long grass policy and effective scare
techniques negate marksmen efforts (more).
Parrots please! Quaker parrots or monk parakeets have established
colonies in the tri-state area. Let’s keep this introduced species (more).
Avian imitation, dancing and playing in parrots: Researchers
measure imitation and dancing in these avian primates but what
about play? (more)
Liabilities in working with captive Orcas: There are inherent
liabilities in training large captive animals for them and us (more).
Sharkwater: the other side of the ocean: expose of the growing
danger and inhumane practice of shark finning (more).
A fundamental definition of animal welfare: welfare is how
the animals experiences their world but what exactly does that
Can we really understand animals? With such different ways of
experiencing the world, how can we begin to understand another
Studying Animal Communication-a one way street? We
often study the capacity of non human animals to understand human
language but do we understand what they are saying back? (more)
Understanding and accomplishing animal welfare means
studying animal behavior, animal welfare science and training the
people who work directly with animals appropriately, a review and a
Some animals are not more equal than others: Why farm
animals are exempted from animal cruelty laws and why thinking
about humane slaughter should be on every locavore menu (more).
A jungle rehab diary: Want to know what it would be like to
live and work at a wildlife rehabilitation and rescue center in
Guatemala? Work with native species like macaws, parrots, spider
monkeys, jaguars rescued from poachers or abandoned. Is the
rugged life for you? (more in part one) (part two) (part three)
copyright Frania Shelley-Grielen
copyright Frania Shelley-Grielen