Psychological enrichment for animals in captivity

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Animal care in biomedical facilities has undergone a dramatic transformation in the area of psychological well-being and enrichment over the past two decades. Today, attending to the behavioral needs of research animals is considered an integral part of animal care. Enrichment is defined as environmental stimuli provided to research animals in an effort to improve well-being by increasing species-specific and decreasing abnormal behaviors. Such environmental enhancement can help alleviate some of the stress associated with living in captivity, and can thus produce a better research model. This chapter discusses some of the issues surrounding the provision of enrichment and details some basic enrichment strategies, with emphasis on rodents, dogs, and nonhuman primates.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSource Book of Models for Biomedical Research
PublisherHumana Press
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9781588299338
StatePublished - 2008


  • Animal behavior
  • Animal husbandry
  • Animal welfare
  • Environmental enrichment
  • Laboratory animals
  • Psychological wellbeing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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