Zoo Conservation Biology

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Zoo Conservation Biology

Format:  Hardcover,

336 pages

Publisher: Cambridge Univ Pr

Publish Date: Aug 2011

ISBN-13: 9780521827638

ISBN-10: 0521827639

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Publisher: Cambridge Univ Pr
Publish Date: Aug 2011
ISBN-13: 9780521827638
ISBN-10: 0521827639
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 336
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 2.0
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 7.6 x 0.9 x 9.8

Chapter outline

Biodiversity and zoo conservation biology
Protecting species and habitats
Zoos in focus - public exhibition or conservation
Animals in captivity
Viable captive populations - the numbers game
Captive breeding and zoos
Returning animals to the wild
Educating the public
Turning zoos into conservation centres
Commonly used abbreviations
Scientific names of species mentioned in the text
Population sizes - definitions and implications
Captive breeding and genetics - definitions

Book description

In the face of ever-declining biodiversity, zoos have a major role to play in species conservation. Written by professionals 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 wide range of sources. The first part outlines the biodiversity context within which zoos should operate, introducing the origins and global spread of zoos and exploring animal collection composition.

The second part focuses on the basic elements of keeping viable captive animal populations. It considers the consequences of captivity on animals, the genetics of captive populations and the performance of zoos in captive breeding. The final part examines ways in which zoos can make a significant difference to conservation now and in the future. Bridging the gap between pure science and applied conservation, this is an ideal resource for both conservation biologists and zoo professionals.

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