About me and my website
My name is Sophia and I have created this website Djurlycka, "Animal Happiness". The name represents that all animals have the right to be happy, but also the happiness they can bring us.
When I was a young, I came home with all kinds of different wild animals like toads, fish, shrimp and insects. I grew up with birds and fish; other animals were long forbidden at home because my grandmother was allergic to fur. When I was ten years old, I finally got my first furry friend, a Syrian hamster. I loved her so much!
There have been lots of wonderful pets since then. When I was a teenager, I wanted to be a veterinarian and therefore practiced four months at a clinic. Although it was very interesting, I had to rethink my choice of career. Instead of working mainly with wounded animals, I wanted to improve the wellbeing of animals in captivity, so I chose the path of a Biologist/Ethologist. Animal behavior always fascinated me. I made a thesis on environmental enrichments for Meerkats at Skansen Aquarium and developed three foraging tools for them. It was amazingly fun and interesting, I got the honor to hold a presentation of my work at Borås Zoo´s Environmental Enrichment Conference 2009.
I have had many different pets and they will always be a big part of my life. Cats, ferrets and rats will always have a special place in my heart. Now the family consists of me, Loveme the cat, Phoebe the ferret, Luna the chipmunk and a bunch of mice and Soft Fur Rats.
I have a Masters degree in Biology with a focus on Ethology. I have had great use for alot of things I learned during my education. Even though we did not specialize on the behavior of specific species or the care they need, it gave me a valuable understanding of how to study animals and how to gather reliable information on my own. It made me search for knowledge, something I still do every day.
The purpose of Djurlycka
For me, it is really important to separate facts from "facts" when talking about animal care and welfare. I have noticed that alot of people trust what anybody says, they believe what they read on the internet without questioning the quality of the information. This has led to the circulation of many myths and incorrect claims about animal care. I want this website to act as a center of trustworthy info about pets. To make sure of this, I give references and gather info mainly from science and from people with good excperience and knowledge.
I hope that alot of people and happy pets will enjoy this website