Zoo Conservation Biology
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.
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;
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.
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Related organisations include:
- Biodiversity Action Network
- British Wildlife
- Conservation Handbook Gratis Copies Project
- East Africa Natural History Society / Nature Kenya
- Ecology Matters
- Nature Conservancy
- Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust