complexity for zoo animal welfare
What We do
We are a group of individuals currently based in Japan, Canada and the United States of America who are collaborating to provide novel tools to study and understand animals in settings like zoos and sanctuaries, and in the wild. Our primary focus is on applying complex systems science to inform observation and management practices. Our collective has expertise in, among other things, behavioral monitoring and evaluation, animal health and physiology, welfare intervention design and testing, and zoo-based curation and education.
Zooentropy is the project that links all of our diverse interests into a single focus: to discover the factors that govern how animals behave through time, and how we can leverage complexity as a concept to monitor animal health and welfare, and assess the quality of our strategies aimed at promoting them.
Currently, Zooentropy is sponsored by a grant from the SPIRITS program at Kyoto University – Supporting Program for Interaction-based Team Studies – awarded to Principal Investigator Andrew MacIntosh. We are always looking for new collaborations and opportunities to apply our framework in novel ways for the betterment of animal care and advancement of science worldwide.
Who We are
PhD Candidate, Concordia University
Environmental scientist studying how physical impairment and environmental change affects animal behaviour
DSc Candidate, Kyoto University
Behavioral biologist supporting methods development and maintenance for wild and captive animal study