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An Elephant Never Forgets ... The Right Microclimate : Thermal Comfort and Microclimatic Design of Asian Elephant Zoo Enclosures

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dc.contributor.advisor Brown, Robert, D
dc.contributor.advisor Corry, Robert, C
dc.contributor.author Crawford, Erin
dc.date.accessioned 2013-01-15T19:29:26Z
dc.date.available 2013-01-15T19:29:26Z
dc.date.copyright 2012-12
dc.date.created 2012-12-18
dc.date.issued 2013-01-15
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10214/5319
dc.description.abstract An animal’s ability to find thermal comfort can be can be limited within a zoo enclosure. This creates a need to design comfortable microclimates for the animal within their enclosure space. This is an exploratory study intended to investigate the relationships between an elephant’s movements throughout their space and the microclimatic conditions within its zoological enclosure. By outlining an understanding of microclimates and how they are affected by the landscape combined with knowledge of elephant behaviours it will be possible design or plan for microclimatic use within zoo enclosures. Observational data were collected from five Asian elephants (Elephas maximus). The movements of the elephants were monitored along with the use of microclimates within their enclosure. Thermal regulatory movements involving microclimatic use typically involved water and shade use, however evidence suggests that the animals were also avoiding terrestrial radiation from some of the gunite walls. It is important that animals are given the opportunity to find microclimates within the space to regulate their body temperature. Designing landscapes that incorporate microclimates within their habitats is crucial to the welfare and health of zoo elephants. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.5/ca/ *
dc.subject Thermoregulation en_US
dc.subject Zoo Design en_US
dc.subject Zoo Enclosures en_US
dc.subject Elephas maximus en_US
dc.title An Elephant Never Forgets ... The Right Microclimate : Thermal Comfort and Microclimatic Design of Asian Elephant Zoo Enclosures en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.degree.programme Landscape Architecture en_US
dc.degree.name Master of Landscape Architecture en_US
dc.degree.department School of Environmental Design and Rural Development en_US
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