Definition: Zoochosis


Zoochosis is a word used to explain the stereotypical behavior of animals in captivity. The stereotypic behavior is described as an invariant, repetitive behavior pattern with no apparent goal or function. Animals in zoos and other forms of captivity suffer from stress and depression and display unusual behaviors. These habits are not displayed by animals roaming in the wild which means that confinement has detrimental effects on the health of animals. The condition was identified by Bill Travers in 1992. Zoochosis is displayed through behavioral disorders such as circling, pacing, bar biting, excessive grooming, addiction, and self-harm. Zoochotic animals also portray eating disorders such as anorexia.

– from World Atlas

I have learned a TON of new words and concepts this year from my new habit of podcast listening. I have been sharing them on a board at my work, but it only dawned on me recently they would make for interesting blog posts. Starting today, you’ll see a fair share of blog posts among the ones I make that will be able new words and concepts I’ve learned. They may not be new to you every now and then, pending your knowledge and interests, but I’m betting more than half of them will be to new to more than half of you. This is because a lot of them are either recent concepts with new terms or words, or obscure ones not many know about.

Where a word or concept has a podcast mostly about it, I will also link the podcast. This term was only briefly mentioned in one podcast about depression I blogged about a few days ago so if you were more interested, it wouldn’t be the source I’d recommend you’d check out. The link with the definition above to World Atlas is pretty good, though.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.