An understanding of the work of zoos and aquariums is central to many programmes of study in wildlife conservation and more specialised programmes in zoo and aquarium science and management.
Key Questions in Zoo and Aquarium Studies is intended as a study and revision guide for students following these programmes. It contains 600 multiple-choice questions (and answers) set at three levels – foundation, intermediate and advanced – and grouped into 10 major topic areas.
The book has been produced in a convenient format so that it can be used at any time in any place. It allows the reader to learn and revise the meaning of terms used in zoo and aquarium biology, the principles of animal husbandry and enclosure design, the behaviour of zoo visitors, the operation of captive breeding programmes, the international organisation of zoos, their legal regulation and much more.
The structure of the book allows the study of one topic area at a time, progressing through simple questions to those that are more demanding. Many of the questions require students to use their knowledge to interpret information provided in the form of graphs, diagrams, data or photographs.
1. History of Zoos and Aquariums
2. Zoo and Exhibit Design
3. Aquarium and Aquatic Exhibits
4. Visitor Studies, Zoo Education and Zoo Research
5. Nutrition and Food Presentation
6. Reproductive Biology and Genetics
7. Conservation Breeding and Assisted Reproductive Technologies
8. Behaviour, Training and Environmental Enrichment
9. Animal Welfare and Conservation Medicine
10. Zoo Organisation and Regulation
Paul Rees was a senior lecturer in the School of Science, Engineering and Environment at the University of Salford, United Kingdom, for 22 years until his retirement in 2020. He holds a BSc in Environmental Biology from the University of Liverpool and a PhD in animal ecology and behaviour from the University of Bradford. Paul previously lectured at three Further Education Colleges and a Higher Education College in the United Kingdom, and trained biology teachers at Sokoto College of Education in Nigeria. He has taught from GCE ‘O’/GCSE level to MSc level and has been an external examiner for a range of taught programmes, from Higher National Diploma to MSc level, at six British universities. Paul has published papers on mammal behaviour and ecology, wildlife law, and the role of zoos in conservation, along with eight textbooks concerned with ecology, zoo biology, wildlife law and elephants. Paul is the author of three other titles in CABI’s Key Questions series: Ecology, Applied Ecology and Conservation, and Biodiversity