AFLP Analysis of genetic variation on captive-bred chinese alligators: an application to select individuals for release

Abstract 10.1002/zoo.20110.abs The Chinese alligator (Alligator sinensis) is a critically endangered species in China. Wild populations of Chinese alligator are on the edge of extinction. Through a release program, some captive-bred alligators will be selected and released into the wild to supplement and renew natural populations. The purpose of this study was to investigate the […]

Control of behavioral development in the context of reintroduction programs for birds

Abstract 10.1002/zoo.1430130511.abs Only over the last few decades has there been a concerted effort to develop and refine release methods for threatened species. With the goal of achieving self-sustaining wild populations, three main techniques have been employed: parent-rearing, cross-fostering, and isolation-rearing. Although there are many considerations in developing or selecting the most efficient method for […]

Adaptation of captive-bred cotton-top tamarins (Saguinus oedipus) to a natural environment

Abstract 10.1002/zoo.1430110206.abs The reintroduction to the wild of captive-born individuals could have an important role in saving some endangered species from extinction. However, such individuals may not have the necessary skills to survive in the wild. In order to assess their locomotor and orientation capabilities in a natural environment, a family of five captive-bred cotton-top […]

Captive breeding and reintroduction of the endangered masked bobwhite

Abstract 10.1002/zoo.1430100602.abs Efforts to restore the endangered masked bobwhite (Colinus virginianus ridgwayi) to its former range have required 1) habitat acquisition, restoration, and preservation; 2) captive propagation; and 3) reintroduction of captive-bred stock. In its role to recover the masked bobwhite, the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) has refined captive breeding […]

Ethics in zoos

Animals have been kept in captivity since around the time of the ancient Egyptians. Over the centuries people have captured and maintained groups of wild animals for numerous reasons, ranging from the display of wealth to education and conservation. However, Homo sapiens has not always treated its fellow creatures well and this has led, more […]

Habituation, capture and relocation of Sykes monkeys (Cercopithecus mitis albotorquatus) on the coast of Kenya

The objective of this project was to collect scientific data to assist in the development of guidelines for the humane relocation of threatened and endangered arboreal non-human primate species. A troop of 31 Lowland Sykes monkeys (Cercopithecus mitis albotorquatus) was habituated to fruit bait for capture in a village and relocation to a previously selected […]

Diseases acquired by captive penguins: What happens when they are released into the wild?

The possibility of diseases being picked up by penguins and other birds during captivity and the effects which could follow if such birds are released into the wild are discussed. Ways of mitigating such problems are suggested for the African Penguin Spheniscus demersus.

Animal welfare considerations in primate rehabilitation: an assessment of three vervet monkey (Chlorocebus aethiops) releases in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

This study evaluates the methods utilised to release and monitor three troops of rehabilitated vervet monkeys (Chlorocebus aethiops) in South Africa. In all cases, monitoring was poor and conducted over a short time-frame disallowing release outcomes to be fully assessed. Wild troops were present at two of the three locations, casting doubt upon sightings of […]

Pathogen Flow: What We Need to Know