Copenhagen Zoo Case Study

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There are many ethical considerations the management of the Copenhagen Zoo has to face regarding the case of Marius the giraffe, they include Marius’ right to live, the issue of overpopulation, and the risk of inbreeding. In the Conservation Strategy by World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) stated that animal transfer, euthanasia, and contraception is part of population management in zoos (World Association of Zoos and Aquariums, 2015), these are some of the options the Copenhagen Zoo could have made regarding Marius. If the Copenhagen Zoo choose to transfer Marius to another facility, it would give him the opportunity to live out his life, however it may risk the chance of inbreeding as Marius’ genes is very well represented in zoos …show more content…
Carl Hagenbeck have major influence on how the modern zoo is today as he developed a new way of displaying animals in zoos and he conceptualized positive reinforcement technique was a better training and animal handling technique, this system of training and animal handling was eventually spread throughout the world (Encyclopædia Britannica, 2010). In 1907, Hagenbeck opened the Tierpark Hagenbeck, where instead of animals being kept in barred cages, they were being surrounded by moats. The design has allowed the animals to be in an environment that resembled or imitated their natural habitat, this increases the welfare of the animals and allow them to display more natural behaviours. The moat design also allowed the public to learn and get a better approximate of the animal’s natural habitat. Hagenbeck showed people of his time that it is possible to use positive reinforcement techniques to train and handle animals in the time when negative reinforcement techniques were used to control animals, his system of animal training and handling bettered the welfare of the animals in captivity. The change in zoo design and the change in animal handling and training have better improve the welfare of the animals in captivity …show more content…
International research projects also take place in individual zoos that works to help and facilitate with the international research in conservation, the Copenhagen Zoo is also responsible for projects in Africa, Denmark, South America, and South-East Asia (Copehagen Zoo,

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