The question of the relationship between breeding endangered species in captivity and the conservation support needed in the field is crucial to the long term sucess of such programmes. How the captive breeding community relates to the wild, what is being done to help species and habitats survive and how to contribute in the future are all uppermost in the minds of those concerned to see successful outcomes to conservation efforts. This was addressed at the Sixth World Congress held in Jersey in 1992 on "The Role of Zoos in Global Conservation". This book is the result of the deliberations of that important congress. However, it is more than just a conference proceedings. The editors and contributors have further developed the key issues tackled at that congress and the resulting chapters in this book represent an update on successes and developments to date. It will therefore be of vital interest to all those concerned with these issues. Presenting contributions from many of the leading experts from around the world, this book presents a full review of the biological, logistic and economic concerns that exist in all efforts to manage populations.
Future objectives are also given and pertinent case studies illustrate the successes and frustrations encountered. It contributes to the debate about the interactive management of populations of animals that are under threat of extinction. This book should be of interest to conservation biologists, zoologists, aid agency personnel, environmental scientists, lay "green" people and those interested in zoo animal welfare.
A major contribution to the debate about the interactive management of populations of animals under threat of extinction - Ethology, Ecology and Evolution; A very substantial book ... makes a detailed and irrefutable case for zoos as vital partners in the struggle to preserve the world's wildlife - N Gould; ...of great value to those who are concerned with successful programmes for conserving endangered species and care for the environment - Environmental Management and Health; This book presents a full review of the biological, logistical and economic concerns that exist in all efforts to manage populations, and is a major contribution to the debate on interactive management of populations of animals under threat of extinction...the editors have to be congratulated in producing from this conference a document, which not only contains much up-to-date, relevant and important information for anyone working in the fields of conservation and zoo biology, but which also clearly demonstrates how far we have progressed in our knowledge and understanding of the breeding of threatened species both in the wild and in captivity - Animal Welfare; ...the book would be a useful addition to most libraries and the personal libraries of those unfamiliar with the primary literature. Several papers are probably destined to become classics ... - Zoo Biology
Introduction. General issues. Re-introduction and captive breeding. Species examples. Regional approaches. Concluding remarks.