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Zoo biology

Course description

NBID33           Zoo Biology, 4 p/6 ECTS credits.
/Conservation Biology Ex situ/
This course aims at giving the students an insight in and understanding of ex situ conservation, and its relation to in situ conservation. After the course, the students should
(i)                   Be familiar with the basics, theory and practicalities, of ex situ conservation
(ii)                 Know the ethics and welfare aspects of ex situ conservation breeding.
(iii)                Know the role of education, marketing and public relations in conservation
(iv)               Know the basics of ex situ reproduction techniques
(v)                 Have a proficiency in the basics of population genetics and management
(vi)               Have a thorough knowledge in the rules and procedures used when ex situ and in situ populations are integrated through different actions, e.g. release of zoo animals or rehabilitation of wildlife.
(vii)              Be able to analyse and set up long term goals for an Ex situ population, using studbook data, and taking species specific factors into consideration
Course contents:
The organisation of ex situ conservation; Stakeholders in ex situ conservation; The genetics of ex situ population management; Tools for ex situ population management; Ex situ conservation in practice: actors, space limitations, transports, husbandry, disease control, ethological issues; Case studies: selected EEPs, release programmes; Zoo involvement in in situ research and conservation projects; Politics and economics in ex situ conservation; National, EU and other international legislation; Public education and affecting public opinion; Ethics and welfare issues.
UPG1 Participation in all seminars, labs and debates (Passed/Not passed)
Course language is English.
Director of Studies: Agneta Johansson
Examiner: Mats Amundin (mats.amundin@kolmarden.com)

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