Using farm animal welfare protocols as a base to assess the welfare of wild animals in captivity—Case study: Dorcas gazelles (Gazella dorcas)

Marina Salas, Xavier Manteca, Teresa Abáigar, Maria Delclaux, Conrad Enseñat, Eva Martínez-Nevado, Miguel Ángel Quevedo, Hugo Fernández-Bellon

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Abstract

© 2018 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. There is a lack of protocols specifically developed for the assessment of welfare of wild animals in captivity, even when it is known that providing good standards of welfare is important. The aim of this study was the development and the application of a protocol for the assessment of welfare in captive dorcas gazelles. The protocol was mainly developed taking into account the protocol for the assessment of welfare in cattle from the Welfare Quality® project, the available literature of the biology of this species and the Husbandry Guidelines developed for captive breeding and management of this species. The protocol was specifically developed for dorcas gazelles and included four principles, 10 criteria and 23 animal and environmental-based indicators. To test its utility, this protocol was applied to five different groups of gazelles from three different zoos. Its application made possible to detect areas for improvement in all groups assessed.
Original languageEnglish
Article number111
JournalAnimals
Volume8
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2018

Keywords

  • Behaviour
  • Captivity
  • Dorcas gazelle
  • Enclosure
  • Protocol
  • Welfare
  • Zoo

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