Propagation of endangered birds in US institutions: How much space is there?
Article first published online: 13 MAY 2005
Copyright © 1995 Wiley-Liss, Inc., A Wiley Company
Volume 14, Issue 3, pages 197–210, 1995
How to Cite
Sheppard, C. (1995), Propagation of endangered birds in US institutions: How much space is there?. Zoo Biol., 14: 197–210. doi: 10.1002/zoo.1430140302
- Issue published online: 13 MAY 2005
- Article first published online: 13 MAY 2005
- Manuscript Revised: 29 AUG 1994
- Manuscript Received: 29 APR 1994
- captive breeding;
- zoo exhibits;
- collection planning
Captive breeding is often touted as a way to preserve species disappearing in the wild. Zoos and related institutions have limited space for animals, however, and use of what space exists may be restricted by conflicting demands of entertainment, education, and propagation. Curators of US bird collections sponsored an analysis of space available for long-term captive management. Seventy-three collections responded to a survey, providing data on 3,174 exhibits and holding areas under their control. The most optimistic analysis indicates room for fewer than 141 long-term management programs. To use space resources optimally for conservation, there is a strong need to develop priorities within management groups. New models and strategies for using captive propagation as a short-term tool to bolster wild populations should be created. Immediate attention should be paid to the most effective and efficient ways of improving husbandry and management techniques for birds. © 1995 Wiley-Liss, Inc.