Bookcover of Reintroduction biology of yellow-footed rock-wallabies
Booktitle:

Reintroduction biology of yellow-footed rock-wallabies

Is reintroduction ethical?

VDM Verlag Dr. Müller (2009-08-23 )

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ISBN-13:

978-3-639-18960-5

ISBN-10:
3639189604
EAN:
9783639189605
Book language:
English
Blurb/Shorttext:
Reintroducing extirpated species to their former range is a widely and increasingly used conservation technique. In most cases captive-bred animals are used as the source, with reintroductions proceeding because the risk to an individual may be compensated for by the gain for the species. This occurs despite questions over the humaneness of the practice, and the lack of research addressing welfare concerns. This work assesses the ecological and physiological adaptation of captive-bred yellow-footed rock-wallabies, a threatened macropod, to the wild. Biological parameters measured, including survival, growth, home range, reproduction, haematology, biochemistry, water turnover and field metabolic rates, indicated that captive-bred wallabies adjusted to the wild, and were indistinguishable to their wild counterparts, by 12 months post-release, although many changes had occurred earlier. General condition and health indices increased in all surviving wallabies post-release. Overall findings provide original evidence that some captive animals, principally herbivores, may benefit from reintroduction to the wild. Comparisons to non-herbivorous marsupials are made.
Publishing house:
VDM Verlag Dr. Müller
Website:
http://www.vdm-verlag.de
By (author) :
Steven Lapidge
Number of pages:
264
Published on:
2009-08-23
Stock:
Available
Category:
Zoology
Price:
79.00 €
Keywords:
reintroduction biology, Conservation, threatened species, captive-bred, Adaptation, wallaby, welfare, Ethics

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