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Zoo Conservation Biology

  • Kartonierter Einband
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Beschreibung

"In practical terms, species conservation initiatives must be directed at protecting the largest number of forms as cheaply as possible. Economy, not just in monetary terms but also in achieving parsimonious ways of protecting species, is important, since resources are often limited. Debates rage over whether one or another approach is more appropriate, often with much time and effort expended and little results in hand. Biodiversity conservation has to proceed along various fronts achieved by the integration of methods to halt the current extinction of species. This book attempts to undertake this task for conservation biologists working in zoos. Zoos argue that their role is increasingly concerned with the preservation of species yet the information required for zoo staff to make informed decisions on any aspect of captive animal care, population management, etc., is not readily accessible. This book collates and evaluates numerous papers and books published on the subject to produce a theoretical and practical document that understands the reality of keeping animals in captivity and the potential that these institutions have in biodiversity conservation. The need for such a textbook is further emphasised by the fact that although there has been a certain growth in literature that deal with the application of science to techniques for the optimal maintenance and breeding of animals in captivity, there is no text that examines the fundamental concepts underlying captive animal management. Therefore, this is not a book on the techniques of managing animals in captive collections, but one that takes a more 'aerial view' of the subject of how zoos do and can contribute further to species conservation"--

Autorentext

John E. Fa is Chief Conservation Officer at the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust and Visiting Professor at the School of Biological Sciences, Imperial College London. He specialises in endangered species biology and protection and on the impact of hunting on wildlife in Africa and Latin America. Stephan M. Funk FSB is the founder and Director of Nature Heritage, a consultancy for conservation biology and anthropology, and a Research Fellow at the University of Puerto Rico's Center for Applied Tropical Ecology and Conservation. He specialises and works worldwide in conservation biology, genetics and ecology. Donnamarie O'Connell is Senior Training and Projects Manager at RSPCA International, responsible for running programmes in southern Africa. She has an academic background in zoology and conservation biology.



Klappentext

Written by professionals directly involved in in situ conservation and restoration projects internationally, this is a critical assessment of the contribution of zoos to species conservation through evidence amassed from a range of sources. It is an ideal resource for both conservation biologists and zoo professionals.



Inhalt

Foreword G. M. Mace; Preface; Acknowledgements; 1. Biodiversity and zoo conservation biology; 2. Protecting species and habitats; 3. Zoos in focus - public exhibition or conservation; 4. Animals in captivity; 5. Viable captive populations - the numbers game; 6. Captive breeding and zoos; 7. Returning animals to the wild; 8. Educating the public; 9. Turning zoos into conservation centres; Appendix A. Commonly used abbreviations; Appendix B. Scientific names of species mentioned in the text; Appendix C. Inbreeding; Appendix D. Population sizes - definitions and implications; Appendix E. Captive breeding and genetics - definitions; References; Index.

Produktinformationen

Titel: Zoo Conservation Biology
Autor:
EAN: 9780521534932
ISBN: 0521534933
Format: Kartonierter Einband
Anzahl Seiten: 358
Gewicht: 768g
Größe: H246mm x B192mm x T20mm
Jahr: 2015