Zoo Design (10-10-19)

Gabriel and Montenegro confirm that the design of the spaces where animals are exhibited influences the opinions zoo-goers form of those animals.  The researchers had people view “animals in wild, naturalistic, front cage bar, or back cage bar settings with a name-only control. . . . Perceptions of docility increased and vigor decreased as the naturalness of the environment declined.”

Kara Gabriel and Carolina Montenegro.  “An Animal’s Environment Influences Perceptions of Docility and Vigor But Not Aesthetic Appeal:  A Constructive Replication.”  Environment and Behavior, in press, https://doi.org/10.1177/0013916519879774