Philosophy of Science: What are the ethical implications behind population control in Zoos?

Roxanna Faur, Sam Otteskov, Elijah Osarumen Aighobahi, Robertas Hofmanas & Sarah Hansen Marco

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


Historical records show a long history of animals being kept in captivity: some of the first civilizations, like Ancient Egypt and Ancient Greece, already carried out the practice of keeping animals, their reasons being mainly religious. The practice of animals being held in captivity is still practiced today, which is the main relevance of this project. Nowadays, and arguably since the environmental movement during the 1960s and the 1970s, the main purpose is not solely the one of recreation and education, but also the conservation and preservation of species. Parallel to the zoo's turn in purpose, other domains like management of the animals - or populations - have developed and progressed, introducing and practicing methods of population control. This project, which combines the fields of environmental biology and ethics, attempts to discuss these population control methods from an ethical point of view. As part of the research within the mentioned aspects, the project will include two cases studies on population control. These cases include the population of wolves from Mexico, and the case of Marius the giraffe in Copenhagen.

UddannelserBasis - International Naturvidenskabelig Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato19 jan. 2016
VejledereFrancisco Moreno


  • zoos
  • population control
  • ethics
  • philosophy