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Publication type: Diploma Thesis

Year: 2010

Author(s): Popescu, Ioana

Title: An overview on the development of veterinary animal care in Bucharest Zoo over the past 40 years, and further possible development.

Source: Diplomarbeit, Vet. Med. Univ. Wien, pp. 64.


Advisor(s):

Schwarzenberger Franz

Reviewer(s):
Forstenpointner Gerhard

Vetmed Research Units:
Institute for Medical Biochemistry


Abstract:
The aim of this diploma thesis was to develop a constructive critique of the management of the Zoological Garden of Bucharest (Băneasa Zoo) with emphasis on veterinary staff, animal behavior and animal health. To have a better understanding of the data gathered for the present study it is important to take note of the historical, social and economical backgrounds. Therefore the Zoo’s history, geographical location and structure are discussed in detail. Being an old institution founded in 1957, over the past years Băneasa Zoo had to improve the conditions in which its animals are housed. The process used to gather data during more than 2 years (2008 – 2010) consisted of: - Identifying points where there is room for progress; - Studying relevant literature concerning similar cases and situations; - Developing an improvement strategy formulated as a suggestion to the Zoo staff; - Observing the possible effects, if the particular suggestions were, or will be implemented in the future. Three main aspects were developed in this study; special focus was put on carnivores: 1. The need for capacity building in the veterinary department: it has been observed that the veterinarians have too many administrative duties, insufficient funding, limited international connections with zoo vets from other countries and academia and that the animal keepers lack proper training. However, outreaching events such as the first international Symposium on Wildlife and Exotics Medicine in Bucharest, March 2010 fundamentally contributed to capacity building within the staff. 2. Environmental enrichment and sources of stress were evaluated. Every carnivore in the Zoological Garden of Bucharest displays some degree of stereotypical behavior. However, major improvements in cage design and enrichment have been implemented over the past few years. 3. Medical procedures and medical management in Bucharest Zoo are influenced by all the factors discussed. Case studies were analyzed together with appropriate literature research to give a relevant image of the work in the vet department. More specifically examples on anesthesia cases, the use of contraceptives, as well as routine medical sampling of urine, blood and feces were presented.


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