The Science and Practice of Captive Animal Welfare


Captive animals in public aquariums, sanctuaries, zoological parks and other settings enlighten and inspire visitors when they are exhibited in well-designed, naturalistic, landscapes of sufficient size and complexity. An emerging science of animal welfare generated a corpus of evidence driving best practices and higher standards so animals in human care thrive. Modern facilities, based on scientific principles, encourage animals to interact, explore, choose, and solve problems. Under the best of conditions, animals thrive. Psychologists, managers, curators, keepers, veterinarians, and architects are working together to create optimal living spaces that functionally simulate nature.

IJPAZ seeks to publish empirical studies of enriched environments and/or practices and documented outcomes for a diversity of species. Empirical institutions committed to intervention promise a dynamic new era of continuing reform and revitalization. Manuscripts that describe a culture of creative design and management, and those that provide new metrics are especially encouraged. We welcome original contributions that explore both physical and psychological features of design, exhibition, and husbandry. Especially welcome are findings that facilitate individual autonomy and resilience, and evidence-based methods of intervention that promote health and wellness. Authors may also submit papers that identify urgent strategies and tactics to mitigate aging hardscapes when resources for reform are scarce. Finally, contributions that address the need for empirically based decision making in protocol or policy making decisions relating to animal welfare are encouraged.

On behalf of the International Journal of Pure and Applied Zoology, as Editor-in-Chief, it is my distinct honor and privilege to inform you that, it’s been ten long years we have started the Journal, now we are celebrating the 10th Anniversary and it is my great pleasure and honor to welcome you to the International Journal of Pure and Applied Zoology.

It gives us great pleasure to announce the call for paper at special and hefty discount of up to 50 percent on one-time article processing charge. Prospective academicians, zoologists and scientists are encouraged to utilize this opportunity to get their articles reviewed, processed and published at relatively faster pace and at lower charges. In addition to this the authors who publish with us during the 10 year-long celebrations will also be eligible for academic awards recommended by the editorial panel.

Ways to submit:

  1. A standard EDITORIAL TRACKING SYSTEM is utilized for manuscript submission, review, editorial processing and tracking which can be securely accessed by the authors, reviewers and editors for monitoring and tracking the article processing. Manuscripts can be uploaded online at Editorial Tracking System (
  2. It can also be forwarded to the Editorial Office at

Media Contact:

Liza Smith
Journal Manager
International Journal of Pure and Applied Zoology