Animal Conservation

Cover image for Vol. 17 Issue 3

Edited By: Res Altwegg, Trevor Branch, Darren Evans, Trenton Garner, Matthew Gompper, Iain Gordon, Jeff A. Johnson and Nathalie Pettorelli

Impact Factor: 2.692

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2012: 9/40 (Biodiversity Conservation); 52/136 (Ecology)

Online ISSN: 1469-1795

Associated Title(s): International Zoo Yearbook, Journal of Zoology

Featured Papers


Animal Conservation Feature Papers and associated commentaries/responses, from 2011 to date.

2014

Feature Paper:
Mammal and bird species held in zoos are less endemic and less threatened than their close relatives not held in zoos
T. E. Martin, H. Lurbiecki, J. B. Joy and A. O. Mooers

Commentaries:
Zoos have yet to unveil their full conservation potential
J. E. Fa, M. Gusset, N. Flesness and D. A. Conde

Ex situ conservation planning is more complicated than prioritizing the keeping of threatened species in zoos
A. E. Bowkett

Response:
The economic geography of ex situ conservation
T. E. Martin, H. Lurbiecki and A. O. Mooers


2013

Feature paper:
Assessing the accuracy of interviewed recall for rare, highly seasonal events: the case of wildlife consumption in Madagascar
C. D. Golden, R. W. Wrangham and J. S. Brashares

Commentaries:
Unusual data in conservation science: searching for validation

A. Keane

Wildlife consumption and recall accuracy – but is it recall of hunting, of cooking or of eating?
H. Newing and F. A. V. St. John

Response:
Practical directions for the use of recall data in conservation science
C. D. Golden, R. W. Wrangham and J. S. Brashares

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Feature paper: Nest depth may not compensate for sex ratio skews caused by climate change in turtles
J. M. Refsnider, B. L. Bodensteiner, J. L. Reneker and F. J. Janzen

Commentaries: Chelonians in a changing climate: can nest site selection prevent sex ratio skews?
D. Rödder and F. Ihlow

For reptiles with temperature-dependent sex determination, thermal variability may be as important as thermal averages
A. Georges

Revealing the links between climate and demography for reptiles with environmental sex determination
L. E. Schwanz

Response:
Experimental field studies of species' responses to climate change: challenges and future directions
J. M. Refsnider, B. L. Bodensteiner, J. L. Reneker and F. J. Janzen

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Feature paper: Protected areas and insect conservation: questioning the effectiveness of Natura 2000 network for saproxylic beetles in Italy
M. D'Amen, P. Bombi, A. Campanaro, L. Zapponi, M. A. Bologna and F. Mason

Commentaries:
Institutional vertebratism hampers insect conservation generally; not just saproxylic beetle conservation
S. R. Leather
Knowledge gaps in protected area effectiveness
M. Cabeza

Response: Possible directions in the protection of the neglected invertebrate biodiversity
M. D'Amen, P. Bombi, A. Campanaro, L. Zapponi, M. A. Bologna and F. Mason

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Feature Paper: Understanding heterogeneous preference of tourists for big game species: implications for conservation and management
E. Di Minin, I. Fraser, R. Slotow and D. C. MacMillan

Commentaries:
To use tourism as a conservation tool, first study tourists
Ralf Buckley
The Big 5 and conservation
Tim Caro and Jason Riggio

Response:
Conservation marketing and education for less charismatic biodiversity and conservation businesses for sustainable development
E. Di Minin, I. Fraser, R. Slotow and D. C. MacMillan

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Feature Paper: Mapping the potential extinction debt of butterflies in a modern city: implications for conservation priorities in urban landscapes
M. Soga and S. Koike

Commentaries:
Extinction debt at different spatial scales
I. Hanski
Setting conservation priorities when what you see is not what you get
M. Vellend and Heather M. Kharouba

Response:
From ecological pessimism to conservation chance: reviving living dead in changing landscapes
M. Soga, Y. Yamaura and S. Koike


2012

Feature Paper: You have free access to this contentTyphoid Mary in the frogpond: can we use native frogs to disseminate a lungworm biocontrol for invasive cane toads?
L. Pizzatto and R. Shine

Commentaries:
Is Typhoid Mary a good role model?
J. A. Hough-Goldstein
Benefits and costs of using a lungworm parasite to control invasive toads in Australia
R. N. Harris

Response:
New methods in the battle against cane toads: when should we move from research to implementation?
L. Pizzatto and R. Shine

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Feature Paper: The social side of human–wildlife interaction: wildlife can learn harmful behaviours from each other
R. Donaldson, H. Finn, L. Bejder, D. Lusseau and M. Calver

Commentaries:

Individual dolphins as tools for conservation 
R. S. Wells
Wildlife social learning should inform sustainable tourism management 
James E. S. Higham
Conservation issues arising from maladaptive behaviours spreading socially
M. Krützen

Response:
Social learning of risky behaviour: importance for impact assessments, conservation and management of human–wildlife interactions

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Feature Paper: Unexpected outcomes of invasive predator control: the importance of evaluating conservation management actions
J. C. Walsh, K. A. Wilson, J. Benshemesh, H. P. Possingham

Commentaries:
Unexpected outcomes of invasive predator control
S. T. Garnett
Evidence, models, conservation programs and limits to management
J. D. Nichols

Response:      
Integrating research, monitoring and management into an adaptive management framework to achieve effective conservation outcomes
J. C. Walsh, K. A. Wilson, J. Benshemesh, H. P. Possingham

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Feature Paper: Evaluating indices of conservation success: a comparative analysis of outcome- and output-based indices
C. Howe, E. J. Milner-Gulland

Commentaries:
Getting what you pay for: the challenge of measuring success in conservation
J. P. G. Jones
How can we sell evaluating, analyzing and synthesizing to young scientists?
H. P. Possingham

Response: The view from the office is not all bad: conservation evaluation as a ‘sexy’ research goal
C. Howe, E. J. Milner-Gulland

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Feature paper: Bayesian shared frailty models for regional inference about wildlife survival
B. J. Halstead, G. D. Wylie, P. S. Coates, P. Valcarcel, M. L. Casazza

Commentaries:
Combining information in hierarchical models improves inferences in population ecology and demographic population analyses
M. Schaub, M. Kéry
Bayesian shared frailty models for regional inference about wildlife survival
D. M. Heisey
‘Each site has its own survival probability, but information is borrowed across sites to tell us about survival in each site’: random effects models as means of borrowing strength in survival studies of wild vertebrates
E. Cam

Response: ‘Exciting statistics’: the rapid development and promising future of hierarchical models for population ecology
B. J. Halstead, G. D. Wylie, P. S. Coates, P. Valcarcel, M. L. Casazza

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Feature paper: Rarity, trophy hunting and ungulates
L. Palazy, C. Bonenfant, J. M. Gaillard and F. Courchamp

Commentaries:
Rarity, willingness to pay and conservation
M. Festa-Bianchet
Trophy hunting with uncertain role for population dynamics and extinction of ungulates
A. Mysterud

Response: Response: rarity, trophy hunting and ungulates
L. Palazy, C. Bonenfant, J. M. Gaillard and F. Courchamp


2011

Feature Paper: Do ‘rogue’ seals exist? Implications for seal conservation in the UK
I. M. Graham, R. N. Harris, I. Matejusová and S. J. Middlemasy

Commentaries:
The challenge of knowledge integration in the adaptive co-management of conflicting ecosystem services provided by seals and salmon
J. R. A. Butler
Can we separate the sinners from the scapegoats?
J. D. C. Linnell

Response: Seals, salmon and stakeholders: integrating knowledge to reduce biodiversity conflict
I. M. Graham, R. N. Harris and S. J. Middlemas

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Feature Paper: Responses of seabirds to the rabbit eradication on Ile Verte, sub-Antarctic Kerguelen Archipelago
S. Brodier, B. Pisanu, A. Villers, E. Pettex, M. Lioret, J.-L. Chapuis and V. Bretagnolle

Commentaries:
Invasive mammal eradications: the value of an ecosystem view
D. R. Towns
Deciphering complex relationships between apparently unrelated species
E. Bonnaud, F. Courchamp

Response:
Eradication of invasive herbivores: usefulness and limits for biological conservation in a changing world
J.-L. Chapuis, B. Pisanu, S. Brodier, A. Villers, E. Pettex, M. Lioret and V. Bretagnolle

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Feature Paper: Conservation implications of inaccurate estimation of cryptic population size
T. E. Katzner, J. A.R. Ivy, E. A. Bragin, E.J. Milner-Gulland and J. A. DeWoody

Commentaries:
More than meets the eye: importance of recognizing life history and population structure in monitoring populations
J.A. Johnson

Counting the ‘lost generation:’ improving the accuracy of population assessments in birds
K. L. Bildstein

The ghost fraction of populations: a taxon-dependent problem
J. J. Negro

Response: Cryptic population size and conservation: consequences of making the unknown known
T. E. Katzner, J. A. R. Ivy, E. A. Bragin, E. J. Milner-Gulland and J. A. DeWoody

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Feature Paper: Fragmentation, dispersal and metapopulation function in remnant populations of endangered mountain caribou
H. van Oort, B. N. McLellan and R. Serrouya

Commentaries:
Dispersal from the frying pan to the fire
J. D. Forester
The metapopulation that was not?
J. M. Morales
Understanding the role of behavioral mechanisms and impacts of habitat fragmentation on structuring small declining populations
J. P. Beckmann

Response: Metapopulation or predictable pattern of extinction?
H. van Oort, B. N. McLellan and R. Serrouya

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Feature Paper: Poor overlap between the distribution of Protected Areas and globally threatened birds in Africa
A. E. Beresford, G. M. Buchanan, P. F. Donald, S. H. M. Butchart, L. D. C. Fishpool and C. Rondinini

Commentaries:
Improving coarse species distribution data for conservation planning in biodiversity-rich, data-poor, regions: no easy shortcuts
A. S. L. Rodrigues
The science–policy interface for safeguarding key biodiversity areas
T. M. Brooks and P. Matiku

Response: Minding the protection gap: estimates of species' range sizes and holes in the Protected Area network
A. E. Beresford, G. M. Buchanan, P. F. Donald, S. H. M. Butchart, L. D. C. Fishpool and C. Rondinini

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Feature Paper: Applying thresholds to identify key biodiversity areas for marine turtles in Melanesia
D. Bass, P. Anderson and N. De Silva

Commentaries:
Testing absolute and percentage thresholds in the identification of key biodiversity areas
G. J. Edgar and T. M. Brooks
Putting conservation priority-setting for marine turtles in context
B. P. Wallace, B. J. Hutchinson, R. B. Mast and N. J. Pilcher

Response: Nesting conservation priorities by geographic scale: preliminary lessons from the application of percent thresholds to the identification of Key Biodiversity Areas for Marine Turtles in Melanesia
N. De Silva and D. K Bass

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