Ethological knowledge is used in actual practice.The field of applied animal behaviour employs the knowledge of animal behaviour that we gain through observation and experimentation for a particular purpose. This purpose may be to the benefit of humans or animals. In many circumstances appliedanimal behaviour can be used to mediate conflicts or problems that exist between humans and animals in a way that does not require killing or hurting animals. Often applied animal behaviour involves working directly with animals in an applied setting.
Conservation behaviour is a relatively young and integrative field that is fastly developing. Conservation behaviourists apply theoretical and methodological insights from animal behaviour and behavioural ecology to conservation biology and wildlife management.
Topics will focus on animal well-being/welfare, people/animal relationships, ‘conservation behaviour’, or other applied behavioural topics. The following aspects can be taken into consideration (with the emphasis on behaviour): stress, pain, animal housing, zoo management aspects, house pets, behaviour in function of biomedical research, mental capacities in non-human animals (cognition), conservation topics, `urban behavioural ecology'… (this is not an exhaustive list).
Main topics are domestication, animal welfare and conservation behaviour.