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Impacts of the COVID‐19 pandemic on population management in AZA

  •  20 February 2024

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We surveyed AZA facilities (via Institutional Liaisons) and Species Survival Plan® (SSP) Coordinators to evaluate the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on decisions regarding the breeding and transfer of animals. We found that transfers were more negatively impacted than breeding. To address this, facilities utilized alternative transportation methods and worked closely with nearby zoos and aquariums for the movement of animals, while SSP Coordinators issued alternative transfer recommendations. Our research highlights the importance of communication, collaboration, and flexibility to fulfill breeding and transfer recommendations to maintain sustainable zoo and aquarium populations.

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Infant survival is significantly impacted by dam- and management-related factors in zoo-managed Eulemur populations

  •  12 February 2024

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In four studied Eulemur species, infant survival was positively associated with multiparous dams in three species, previous contraception and dam age were negatively correlated to infant survival in one species, and there was an effect of birth location in one species. These findings can help managers predict infant survival and prepare accordingly to help improve chances of survival for future infants.

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Agonistic interactions and social behaviors in the Saharan Dorcas gazelle (Gazella dorcas neglecta): Using social network analysis to evaluate relationships and social structure in captive male groups

  •  6 February 2024

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Agonistic networks of the five groups observed during the study. The arrowheads indicate the direction of the interactions and the thickness, their intensity; while the nodes represent individuals.

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An insight into vitamin E and lipid nutrition of the plains-wanderer Pedionomus torquatus

  •  31 January 2024

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Zoo-managed plains-wanderers reported the lowest plasma vitamin E to cholesterol ratios of other avian species, which may have dietary links.

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