279 pages, B/w photos, figs, tabs
The need to hand rear infant mammals is common in zoos and wildlife centers where young wild animals are rejected, orphaned, or have medical problems which prohibit rearing by a natural parent. An extremely useful reference for veterinarians, zoo personnel, wildlife rehabilitators, and animal breeders, this handbook contains contributions from over thirty domestic animal, zoo, and wildlife rehabilitation technicians and veterinarians from around the world. It describes methods of rearing healthy young from birth to weaning and covers more than 50 mammals, providing species-specific instructions and pertinent information about specialized equipment and expected weight gains. General information such as assessment of the neonate, the decision to hand rear, tools of the trade, formulas, housing, and record-keeping is included and tips and information about hand-rearing domestic mammals is also covered. Techniques and methods for hand-rearing common wildlife species including squirrels, opossums, raccoons, rabbits, deer, foxes, bears, bats, and hedgehog are covered, as well as mammals found in zoos such as ungulates, carnivores, elephants, macropods, pinnipeds, and primates. Detailed advice on how to hand-rear very specialized species such as sloths and walruses is also given.
Carnivores; Hoofed Stock; Camelids; Macropods; Marsupials; Rodents; Lagomorph; Hedgehogs; Pinnipeds; Cetaceans; Perissodactyla; Proboscidae; Primates; Prosimians; Procyonidae; Mustelidae; Pigs; Sciuridae; Bats.
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