Wild Mammals in Captivity: Principles and Techniques for Zoo Management, Second Edition – Devra G. Kleiman, Katerina V. Thompson, Charlotte Kirk Baer, Zoos, aquaria, and wildlife parks are vital centers of animal conservation and management.
Wild Mammals in Captivity: Principles and Techniques for Zoo Management, 2nd Edition
For nearly fifteen years, these institutions have relied on Wild Mammals in Captivity as the essential reference for their work. Now the book reemerges 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.
Probably the most notable change in the past decade has been an increased focus on integrated zoo management such that exhibitor, education, conservation, and research staff work more closely together as they develop the conceptual frameworks for new initiatives.
Th us, this volume contains chapters on topics that have emerged as critical to the modern zoo mission during this period, including the integration of zoo in-house activities with in situ programs occurring far a field. For most topics, we have tried to pair the conceptual approach to a zoo problem with the practical applications. As a result, this volume contains less theoretical material and is much more management oriented, with the hope that zoos in both developed and developing countries will find all its content useful.