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 help (more).
NYC implements plans to exterminate area geese, are there
alternatives? What are the humane animal control options and are they being
Avoid deer vehicle collisions during hunting and mating seasons: With
more deer on our roadways know how to best avoid them while driving (more).
Winter means hungry birds and squirrels at feeders: 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
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 mean? (more)
Can we really understand animals? With such different ways of
experiencing the world, how can we begin to understand another species?
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 proposal (more).
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