1st Edition

Behavioral Biology of Laboratory Animals

Edited By Kristine Coleman, Steven J. Schapiro Copyright 2021
    560 Pages 130 Color & 10 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    560 Pages 130 Color & 10 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    CHOICE Highly Recommended title, 2022!


    This 30-chapter volume informs students and professionals about the behavioral biology of animals commonly housed in laboratory and other captive settings. Each species evolved under specific environmental conditions, resulting in unique behavioral patterns, many of which are maintained in captivity even after generations of breeding. Understanding natural behavior is therefore a critical part of modern animal care practices. The descriptions, data, guidance, resources, and recommendations in this book will help the reader understand their animals better, refine the care and treatment that they receive, and improve the well-being, welfare, and wellness of their animals.

    The book is divided into three sections, all focusing on aspects of the behavioral biology of animals found in laboratories and related research settings. After five introductory chapters, 25 chapters are dedicated to specific taxonomic groups (including mice, zebrafish, zebra finches, reptiles, macaques) while a concluding section of ethograms provides a centralized resource for those interested in understanding, and potentially quantifying, animal behavior.

    The Behavioral Biology of Laboratory Animals will provide anyone working in maintenance, care, and/or research programs that involve laboratory animals with information about the way the animals live in the wild, and the way that they should live in captive research settings. Many of the guidelines and recommendations will also be valuable to those managing and working with animals in other environments, including zoological parks, aquaria, and sanctuaries.

    Introduction to the Behavioral Biology of Laboratory Animals by Schapiro and Coleman


    Animal Behavior: An Introduction by Coleman and Novak

    Abnormal Behavior in Animals in Research Settings by Novak and Meyer

    Utilizing Behavior to Assess Welfare by Gottlieb and Pomerantz

    An Overview of Behavioral Management for Laboratory Animals by Schapiro


    Behavioral Biology of Mice by MacLellan, Begley, and Mason

    Behavioral Biology of Rats by Cloutier

    Behavioral Biology of Guinea Pigs by Kleven

    Behavioral biology of deer and white-footed mice, Mongolian gerbils, and prairie and meadow voles by Pritchett-Corning and Winnicker

    Behavioral Biology of Hamsters by Winnicker and Pritchett-Corning

    Behavioral Biology of Rabbits by Lidfors and Dahlborn

    Behavioral Biology of Laboratory Ferrets by Vinke, Shoemaker, and van Zeeland

    Behavioral Biology of Dogs by Hall and Prescott

    Behavioral Biology of Domestic Cats by Stella

    Behavioral Biology of Pigs and Minipigs by Edwards and Grand

    Behavioral Biology of Sheep by Dwyer

    Behavioral Biology of Cattle by Phillips

    Behavioral Biology of Horses by Christensen

    Behavioral Biology of Chickens and Quail by Dixon and Lambton

    Behavioral Biology of the Zebra Finch by Friedrich and Mello

    Behavioral Biology of Zebrafish by Powell, Fife-Cook, and Franks

    Behavioral Biology of Amphibians by Hosie and Smith

    Behavioral Biology of Reptiles by DeNardo

    Behavioral Biology of Marmosets by Manciocco, Neal Webb, and Mulholland

    Behavioral Biology of Squirrel Monkeys by Stone and Williams

    Behavioral Biology of Owl Monkeys by Garcia de la Chica, Fernandez-Duque, and Williams

    Behavioral Biology of Capuchin Monkeys by Benitez, Brosnan, and Fragaszy

    Behavioral Biology of Macaques by Honess

    Behavioral Biology of Vervets/African Green Monkeys by Jorgensen

    Behavioral Biology of Baboons by Lutz




    Kristine Coleman is an associate professor in the Division of Comparative Medicine, and Head of the Behavioral Services Unit at the Oregon National Primate Research Center (ONPRC), Oregon Health & Science University. Dr. Coleman received her PhD in behavioral ecology from Binghamton University, where she studied individual differences in temperament in pumpkinseed sunfish. She went to the Oregon Regional (now National) Primate Research Center for her postdoctoral training and never left. Since 2001, she has overseen the ONPRC behavioral management program, where she studies ways to improve the psychological well-being of laboratory macaques.

    Steven J. Schapiro, Ph.D. is an associate professor of comparative medicine in the Department of Comparative Medicine at the Michale E. Keeling Center for Comparative Medicine and Research of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Dr. Schapiro earned his PhD from the University of California at Davis in 1985 after receiving his BA in behavioral biology from Johns Hopkins University. He completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at the Caribbean Primate Research Center of the University of Puerto Rico.

    Everyone working with animals, veterinarians, zookeepers, trainers and hobbyists, will want a copy of this volume!  Books on the care of individual species are common enough, but this tome, in addition to bringing together guidance on over two dozen species, also emphasizes the importance of understanding the natural history of the ancestral species. The behavior of Jungle Fowl in the forests of India may not seem relevant to someone raising domestic chickens but the significance of such information will not be lost to the readers of BBLA. It is an invaluable addition to the literature on animal care.

    -- Peter H. Klopfer, Professor Emeritus, Biology Department, Duke University, USA

    Behavioral Biology of Laboratory Animals represents a new and insightful way of looking at the behavior and welfare of laboratory animals. Each of the three sections provides fresh insights into their topic: Part 1 uniquely covers behavior in broad terms, Part 2 addresses most animals used in a laboratory setting, and Part 3 provides the ethograms of various animals, something not previously available for most of them. Chapters are written by individuals intimately familiar with the topic they cover. The editors have done an excellent job at harmonizing materials from people with different writing styles who are covering animals that are extremely diverse in their behaviors. Because of this, the book will serve as an excellent resource for individuals interested in laboratory animals and animal behavior.  

    -- Bonnie V. Beaver, Professor, Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences, Texas A&M University, USA

    BBLA has been devised with great insight with respect to the organisation and information to provide robust assessment for the behavioral biology that laboratory animals utilise. While the information of BBLA provides very comprehensive knowledge, the authors maintain a strong sense of conversational tone and include examples to address topics effectively. After reviewing Behavioral Biology of Laboratory Animals, I think this book is a must have for any laboratory animal manager’s bookshelf.

    -- Dr Colton Miller, in Laboratory Animals Professional, Nov 2021

    Behavioral Biology of Laboratory Animals is an outstanding resource for understanding and interpreting the behavior of 25 commonly used species and/or groups of laboratory animals. The authors provide documentation that animal species maintained in captivity for many generations still retain the same behavior patterns as their wild counterparts so being aware of these behaviors can improve animal welfare. For each species discussed information is presented to differentiate normal from abnormal behavior and suggestions and guidelines are given for modification of housing, husbandry and experimental techniques to be more compatible with each species’ behavioral needs, thus decreasing stress and enhancing well-being. This text is highly recommended as a resource for veterinarians, animal facility managers and staff, investigators and IACUC’s.-- Nanette Kleinman for the June 2022 edition of ACLAM magazine

    I recommend Behavioral Biology of Laboratory Animals for anyone with an interest in studying the behaviour and welfare of laboratory animal species, as well as animal welfare officers, designated veterinarians, and all those responsible for animal care and behavioural management in research laboratories, as well as in parks and zoos hosting these species. Lecturers in animal welfare-related topics will also find an essential science-based reference for both them and their students. This includes those teaching modules EU-3.1, EU-4, and EU-5 in laboratory animal courses following EU-functions.

    -- Nuno Henrique Franco, Universidade do Porto, in Animal Welfare (UFAW) Vol 31, Issue 3, July 2022