ZOOCHOSIS - A SHORT DOCUMENTARY

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ABOUT

Ensuring a good welfare for animals housed in zoos, is not an easy job. It might not even be something we will ever really get a perfect grip on. Animal species have evolved over many years and their physical, physiological, social and behavioural traits have been developed in order for them to survive as best as they can in their natural environment. In captivity, animals may face a number of challenges which evolution has not prepared them for and this disables the animal to fulfil their behavioural needs. The absence of these, climate, diet, the size and characteristics of their enclosure or the fact that they have to rely on humans for their every need can cause an animal to feel stressed in which it starts to perform a stereotypic behaviour. Repetitive, abnormal behaviour is often regarded as an indicator of poor welfare and is studied as a coping mechanism and measures of stress which can potentially go on to cause brain dysfunction. I believe that the display of abnormal behaviour patterns are not recognised enough by the public eye.

That is why I made this documentary. I wanted to educate you about what lies behind these stereotypic behaviours which we can easily identify, but might not have given a further thought about, or brought a negative judgement upon when visiting the zoo. The study of stereotypic behaviour is complicated with many important factors that determines the health of a captive animal. 'Zoochosis' brings you the whole picture of how animals experience living in a stressful and unnatural environment, and how it effects their mental and natural life.

 

 

ACHIEVEMENTS

 

  • Zoochisis was a succesfully funded Kickstarter campaign raising £1440 in just 30 days. Check out the campaign here.

  • Zoochosis premiered on TV on the Community Channel 28th April 2015

  • Nominated in the documentary category at the Deep Fried Film Festival 2014.