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The International Zoo Yearbook has dedicated three previous volumes to reptiles. The first was published in 1969 (Volume 9, also including amphibians) and the second in 1979 (Volume 19), and these focused mainly on breeding reports and husbandry for many reptile species that rarely reproduced in zoos and aquariums at that time. Today, some of these species breed regularly in zoological facilities while others still remain difficult to propagate under artificial conditions. In 1989, a third volume (Volume 28) was dedicated to reptiles (although it also included amphibians). Again, the focus was primarily on collection management in zoological facilities with a special emphasis on breeding success in selected species.
When comparing the articles that appeared in the previous three volumes with those that appear here in Volume 49, it becomes readily apparent that the herpetological specialism has developed a variety of methods to link work in zoos and aquariums with conservation programmes being carried out in the field. These two approaches, regarded as distinct in the past, will be blurred in the future.
More recently, the IUCN Species Survival Commission Conservation Breeding Specialist Group adopted the One Plan Approach, which promotes cooperation between ex situ (zoological) institutions and in situ (range-country) stakeholders in order to manage all populations of species using unified, integrated plans. The maintenance and breeding of rare reptiles are no longer a primary goal for zoological facilities. The ultimate goal is to support the conservation of reptiles in their wild, natural habitats, and various means by which to achieve those goals are reported within Volume 49 of the International Zoo Yearbook.
Another theme that runs through the Reptile Conservation section of Volume 49 is the fact that for field-conservation programmes to be successful, it is important to integrate local people who live within the range of the threatened species into the projects.
The second half of this volume has the regular contributions on developments in the zoo world.
- Introduction to Reptile Conservation / Jeff Ettling, Fabian Schmidt 1–7
- In situ and ex situ reptile projects of the Cologne Zoo: implications for research and conservation of South East Asia's herpetodiversity / T. Ziegler 8–21
- Ultrasound scanning as an effective tool in the conservation of chelonians / G. Kuchling 22–30
- Conservation breeding of the Northern river terrapin Batagur baska at the Vienna Zoo, Austria, and in Bangladesh / A. Weissenbacher, D. Preininger, R. Ghosh, A. G. J. Morshed, P. Praschag 31–41
- Captive breeding the Critically Endangered Egyptian tortoise Testudo kleinmanni Lortet, 1883, for an in situ recovery project in Egypt / H. Zwartepoorte 42–48
- West Indian iguana Cyclura spp. reintroduction and recovery programmes: zoo support and involvement / T. D. Grant, R. D. Hudson 49–55
- Protecting and managing a local population of the European Green lizard Lacerta viridis at the Prague Zoo, Czech Republic / I. Rehák 56–66
- Conservation of Komodo dragons Varanus komodoensis in the Wae Wuul nature reserve, Flores, Indonesia: a multidisciplinary approach / A. Ariefiandy, D. Purwandana, C. Natali, M. J. Imansyah, M. Surahman, T. S. Jessop, C. Ciofi 67–80
- The conservation of rare Armenian vipers Montivipera raddei and Pelias spp. / J. A. Ettling, A. L. Aghasyan, L. A. Aghasyan 81–88
- Conservation of the Hungarian meadow viper Vipera ursinii rakosiensis / T. Péchy, B. Halpern, E. Sós, C. Walzer 89–103
- The Aruba Island rattlesnake Crotalus unicolor Species Survival Plan: a case history in ex situ and in situ conservation / R. A. Odum, H. K. Reinert 104–112
- Conservation of the Philippine crocodile Crocodylus mindorensis (Schmidt 1935): in situ and ex situ measures / R. I. Manalo, A. C. Alcala 113–124
- The importance of genetic research in zoo breeding programmes for threatened species: the African dwarf crocodiles (genus Osteolaemus) as a case study / F. Schmidt, F. A. Franke, M. H. Shirley, K. A. Vliet, V. L. Villanova 125–136
- Conservation of the Sunda gharial Tomistoma schlegelii in Lake Mesangat, Indonesia / R. Stuebing, R. Sommerlad, A. Staniewicz 137–149
- Conservation of the Indian Gharial Gavialis gangeticus: successes and failures / C. J. Stevenson 150–161
- The Crocodile Museum at Zoológico Regional Miguel Álvarez del Toro (ZooMAT), Mexico: ‘How to exhibit a bullfrog’ put into reality / L. Sigler 162–171
DEVELOPING ZOO WORLD
- Project MOSI: rationale and pilot-study results of an initiative to help protect zoo animals from mosquito-transmitted pathogens and contribute data on mosquito spatio–temporal distribution change / G. Quintavalle Pastorino, M. Albertini, F. Carlsen, A. A. Cunningham, B. A. Daniel, E. Flach, H. Hofer, J. Junhold, R. Kock, S. Leather, et al. 172–188
- Successful breeding of Dhole Cuon alpinus at Mysore Zoo, India / B. P. Ravi, C. Suresh Kumar, S. Dhanalakshmi, L. M. Kshamaa, M. K. Prashanth 189–197
- Multi-institutional survey of social, management, husbandry and environmental factors for the SSP African lion Panthera leo population: examining the effects of a breeding moratorium in relation to reproductive success / C. L. Daigle, J. L. Brown, K. Carlstead, B. Pukazhenthi, E. W. Freeman, R. J. Snider 198–213
- How to sex Giant otter Pteronura brasiliensis (Gmelin, 1788) cubs / G. Hantke, A. C. Kitchener 214–218
LETTER TO THE EDITOR/RESPONSE TO LETTER TO THE EDITOR
- Fatty-acid, amino-acid and mineral composition of two milk replacers for marsupials: comments to Chuang et al. (2013) and a reply to Rich (2015) / Gordon Rich, Robert H. Glew 219–225
- Zoos and Aquariums of the World 226–386
- Index to List of Zoos and Aquariums of the World 387–401
- International Studbooks for Rare Species of Wild Animals in Captivity 402–431
- Author Index to Volume 49 432–433
- Subject Index to Volume 49 434–442