Semester: 2 / Spring
Lectures/Classes: 15 / 15 hours
Field of study: Biology
Study cycle: 2nd cycle
Type of course: optional
Prerequisites: Zoology
Contact person: dr n. wet Przemysław Cwynar
Short description: The aim of the course is to present the role and tasks of zoological gardens in Poland and in the world. The programme takes into account the criteria for welfare evaluation, living and handling conditions as well as the necessary rules to express natural behavior of these animals in the closed areas. Moreover the most relevant legal acts in the filed will be discussed. The course is supplemented by numerous practical trips organized in selected zoological gardens in Poland (ZOO Wroclaw, ZOO Opole) and Chcech Republic (ZOO Dvur Kralove).
Full description: Aims and tasks of zoos and their connections with animal husbandry and agriculture. Outline of the history of zoos. A review of selected zoos. Handling, breeding, welfare and behaviour of wild animals (EAZA). The organization and arrangement of rooms, cages and enclosures for wild animals. Legal protection of animals in zoos. Washington Convention (CITES). Red Book. Extinct, endangered and threatened species. A review of selected species of animals kept in zoos. The main zoonotic threats. The course is supplemented by numerous practical trips organized in thematic zoological gardens (Wroclaw / Opole / Dvur Kralove).
Bibliography: 1. Bell C. E. (red.): Encyclopedia of the Worlds Zoos. Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, Chicago - London 2001. 2. Hutchins M., Thoney D. A., Schlager N. (red.): Grzimeks Animal Life Encyclopedia. Gale Group, 2003.
Learning outcomes: Knowledge: W01 - has advanced knowledge in the field of welfare, trade and transport of wild animals as well as the Polish and international legal instruments in this area W02 - understand what is the importance of ensuring appropriate conditions for animals in zoos, understand the principles of the protection of animals in zoos and their links with animal husbandry and agriculture W03 - indicates the possibility of practical use of knowledge in the filed of animal handling and management cages for animals Skills: U01 - carry out biological observations, interprets and discusses the results and formulate appropriate conclusions using scientific terminology U02 - observes the impact of the environmental factors on animals kept in zoos, explains the interactions between the ecosystem and identify potential risks for the animals U03 - has the ability to prepare reports, projects, papers and other presentations in the field using relevant legislation and legal acts Social competences: K01 - shows interest in updating the knowledge of animal biology and appropriate living conditions in zoos K02 - is sensitive to nature as a set of cognitive, aesthetic, educational and tourism purposes; takes aware of the importance of biodiversity and promotes the animal protection and quality of the environment K03 - taking into account the civilization progress is awares of environmental risks for humans and animals; has the ethical attitude to animals
Assessment methods and assessment criteria: Students with valid exercise credit is obligated to pass lectures content in the examination session; the exam time is 45 minutes and includes 20 written tasks; when student fails the final exam at the first time, there is a possibility retake it orally or in writing, no later than up to the end of the examination session in which the subject was made; the minimum course credit to pass is 60% of available points; presence in the exercises is mandatory; student may have only one inexcusable absence; in case of the inexcusable absence student is obligated to pass the relevant part of the material (within 2 weeks of absence the student).

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