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Wild Mammals in Captivity: Principles and Techniques for Zoo Management

By: Devra G Kleiman(Editor), Katerina V Thompson(Editor), Charlotte Kirk Baer(Editor)

569 pages, 139 b/w photos, 67 tables

University of Chicago Press

Paperback | Dec 2012 | Edition: 2 | #199033 | ISBN-13: 9780226440101
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Hardback | Oct 2010 | Edition: 2 | #186974 | ISBN-13: 9780226440095
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About this book

Zoos, aquaria, and wildlife parks are vital centers of animal conservation and management. For nearly fifteen years, these institutions have relied on Wild Mammals in Captivity as the essential reference for their work. Now the book re-emerges in a completely updated second edition. Wild Mammals in Captivity presents the most current thinking and practice in the care and management of wild mammals in zoos and other institutions. In one comprehensive volume, the editors have gathered the most current information from studies of animal behavior; advances in captive breeding; research in physiology, genetics, and nutrition; and, new thinking in animal management and welfare.

In this edition, more than three-quarters of the text is new, and information from more than seventy-five contributors is thoroughly updated. The standard text for all courses in zoo biology, Wild Mammals in Captivity will, in its new incarnation, continue to be used by zoo managers, animal caretakers, researchers, and anyone with an interest in how to manage animals in captive conditions.

"This is the only up-to-date and comprehensive manual on the problems of and the solutions to keeping and handling wild mammals outside their natural environment [...] A magnificent manual."
- Harry Miller, Times Higher Education Supplement, on the first edition


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Devra G. Kleiman

Part One Ethics and Animal Welfare Standards

Devra G. Kleiman
1. Ethics of Keeping Mammals in Zoos and Aquariums
Michael D. Kreger and Michael Hutchins
2. Challenges of Zoo Animal Welfare
Ron Kagan and Jake Veasey
3. Setting Standards for Evaluation of Captive Facilities
Joseph Barber, Denny Lewis, Govindasamy Agoramoorthy, and Miranda F. Stevenson

Part Two Basic Mammal Management

Devra G. Kleiman
4. Physical Methods of Capture, Handling, and Restraint of Mammals
Joe Christman
5. A Framework for Introduction and Socialization Processes for Mammals
David M. Powell
6. Principles of and Research on Environmental Enrichment for Mammals
David Shepherdson
7. Impact of Emerging and Zoonotic Diseases on Mammal Management
Dominic Travis and Robyn Barbiers
8. Safety Considerations in a Zoological Park
Mark Rosenthal and William Xanten

Part Three Nutrition

Charlotte Kirk Baer
9. Contemporary Topics in Wild Mammal Nutrition
Charlotte Kirk Baer, Duane E. Ullrey, Michael L. Schlegel, Govindasamy Agoramoorthy, and David J. Baer
10. Quality Control Aspects of Feeding Wild Mammals in Captivity
Barbara Henry, Michael Maslanka, and Kerri A. Slifka

Part Four Exhibitry

Devra G. Kleiman
11. The History and Principles of Zoo Exhibition
David Hancocks
12. Visitors, Conservation Learning, and the Design of Zoo and Aquarium Experiences
Emily Routman, Jackie Ogden, and Keith Winsten
13. Managing Captive Mammals in Mixed-Species Communities
Jake Veasey and Gabriele Hammer
14. Structural and Keeper Considerations in Exhibit Design
Mark Rosenthal and William A. Xanten
15. How to Develop a Zoo-Based Environmental Enrichment Program: Incorporating Environmental Enrichment into Exhibits
Cynthia Fernandes Cipreste, Cristiano Schetini De Azevedo, and Robert John Young
16. Special Considerations for the Maintenance of Marine Mammals in Captivity
Brian Joseph and James Antrim
17. Zoological Horticulture
Merle Moore and Don Peterkin
18. New and Sustainable Directions in Zoo Exhibit Design
Jon Coe and Greg Dykstra

Part Five Conservation and Research

Devra G. Kleiman
19. Demographic and Genetic Management of Captive Populations
Jonathan D. Ballou, Caroline Lees, Lisa J. Faust, Sarah Long, Colleen Lynch, Laurie Bingaman Lackey, and Thomas J. Foose
20. Regional Collection Planning for Mammals
Ruth Allard, Kevin Willis, Caroline Lees, Brandie Smith, and Bart Hiddinga
21. Management of "Surplus" Animals
Scott Carter and Ron Kagan
22. The Role of Captive Populations in Reintroduction Programs
Joanne M. Earnhardt
23. The Role of Zoos in Contributing to In Situ Conservation
Alexandra Zimmermann
24. Research Trends in Zoos
Terry L. Maple and Meredi

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Devra G. Kleiman is principal of Zoo-Logic, LLC, Chevy Chase, Maryland; senior scientist emeritus at Smithsonian National Zoological Park; and adjunct professor at the University of Maryland.

Katerina V. Thompson is director of Undergraduate Research & Internship Programs in the College of Chemical and Life Sciences at the University of Maryland.

Charlotte Kirk Baer is principal of Baer and Associates, LLC, Silver Spring, Maryland.

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