Department of Animal Ethology and Wildlife Management

The Department of Animal Behavior and Welfare conducts educational activities closely related to the name of the Sub-department. Particular attention is paid to issues related to the breeding of companion, exotic, and wildlife animals, taking into account animal welfare in its interdisciplinary approach. In addition, the employees of the Sub-department research the behavior and stress reactions of companion animals, reptiles, and amphibians. The employees of the Sub-department systematically improve their professional qualifications by participating in trainings and scientific conferences and obtain academic degrees. They are specialists in animal health, medical emergency, animalotherapy, cynology as well as zoopsychologists. Selected courses are provided in English language, e.g. Biology of companion animals reproduction or Symptomatology

Research: the Sub-department of Animal Ethology specialises on evaluation of several ethological indicators (behavioural, physiological) that can be useful to assess the intensity and quality of animal response to both biotic and abiotic environment factors. The research activity of the sub-department includes ethological studies in specific groups of animals with an emphasis on both livestock and wildlife behaviour, human-animal relationship as well as improvement of animal welfare (e.g. by environmental enrichment).

Teaching: the Sub-department of Animal Ethology provides courses in the following fields of study: Animal Behaviour, Animal Science, Biology, Hippology and Horse Riding. The sub-department offers a variety of courses in Polish language, e.g. Biological Mechanisms of Animal Behaviour, Applied Ethology, Behavioural and Physiological Animals’ Adaptation to Environment, Methodology of Behaviour Study, Neuroethology, Animal Welfare, Livestock Welfare, Equine Psychology. Some of the courses are provided in English language, e.g. Applied Ethology, Psychopedagogy and Horse Therapy.

The main research directions of the Sub-Department are interactions between wild animals and their habitats, both in terms of the impact of animals on the environment, as well as the impact of the environment on the functioning of the populations of individual species. Conducted research also concerns elements of the behavior of wild animals, in the aspect of changing environmental conditions, the increasing role of anthropogenic factors and increasing urbanization as factors significantly affecting wild animals. In the Sub-Department research on the role of hunting management in shaping of biodiversity in terms of developing optimal models and directions for managing of individual populations are also conducted. Researchers from the Sub-Department focus also on the field of optimization of breeding and reintroduction of endangered species, combined with monitoring of the dynamics of numbers, as well as potential sources of threats. These research are focused especially on small animals (hares, pheasants and partridges), the number of which has dramatically decreased in recent years. Research also include elements of biology, physiology, and potential diseases, as well as their etiology. In recent years, telemetry studies of moose (Alces alces L.) populations in the regions of the West Polesie Biosphere Reserve, as well as European pond turtles (Emys orbicularis L.) in the Polesie National Park and Sobibór Forests have also been conducted.

The didactic activity of the Sub-Department consists of conducting classes (lectures, laboratory and auditorium exercises, field classes and seminars) in subjects related to hunting management, as well as other aspects of the functioning of wild animals’ population. These subjects are related to hunting, management of populations of wild animals other than game animals, biology and ecology of wild animals, the impact of animals on the habitat and damages in terms of environment and economy, restitution of endangered species, hunting cynology and shooting, as well as behavior and rehabilitation of wild animals.