Biology, Medicine, and Surgery of South American Wild Animals


Through clear organization and extensive tables, Biology, Medicine, and Surgery of South American Wild Animals features:
  • Continent-specific divisions of amphibians, birds, reptiles, and mammals arranged by order, family, and genus. Where possible, animal names are given in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.
  • Topics such as conservation ...
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Through clear organization and extensive tables, Biology, Medicine, and Surgery of South American Wild Animals features:
  • Continent-specific divisions of amphibians, birds, reptiles, and mammals arranged by order, family, and genus. Where possible, animal names are given in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.
  • Topics such as conservation efforts, diseased in free-ranging populations, and management of animals maintained in captivity
  • Special coverage of general health topics such as nutrition, ophthalmology, and dentistry
  • An extensive appendix on drug dosages used in avian medicine
  • References for further reading

A must-have for veterinarians, animal healthcare workers, and wildlife biologists, this text is the first compiliation by regional specialists.

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Reviewer: Kent Davis, DVM, B.S.(University of Illinois Veterinary Medicine Teaching Hospital)
Description: This is an overview of the biology, medicine, and surgery of South American wild animals.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide the biology, medicine, and surgery of the wildlife found in South America. These are worthy objectives since this is the first book of its kind written for scientists.
Audience: It is written for veterinarians, biologists, and scientists specializing in exotic and zoo animals.
Features: The book contains a comprehensive discussion of the biology, medicine, and surgery of wild animals in South America. This information is very difficult to find in one text. The illustrations and graphs help to understand the subject being discussed. Although it is difficult to cover every species found in such a large region the author has managed to cover most of them in a concise, easy to understand format.
Assessment: This book is of good quality and provides a lot of the information needed to reference for the clinician, biologist, researcher, administrator or rehabilitator of wildlife in South America. Wildlife biology, medicine, and surgery information is difficult to come by. The authors have provided a concise informative reference of this information. The quality is very professional.

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813828466
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/28/2001
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 536
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 1.15 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Class Amphibia (Amphibians): Frogs, Toads 3
Biology 4
2 Class Reptilia, Order Crocodilia (Crocodilians): Caimans, Crocodiles 9
Biology and Captive Management 9
3 Class Reptilia, Order Chelonia (Testudinata) (Chelonians): Turtles, Tortoises 15
Biology, Management, and Free-Living Populations 15
Chelonian Infectious Diseases and General Medicine 22
Chelonian Noninfectious Diseases 25
4 Class Reptilia, Order Squamata (Lizards): Iguanas, Tegus 31
Biology and Captive Management 31
Iguana Medicine and Surgery 34
5 Class Reptilia, Order Squamata (Ophidia): Snakes 40
Biology and Keeping South American Snakes in Captivity 40
Ophidia - Restraint, Anesthesia, Medicine 43
Inclusion Body Disease of Snakes 48
6 Order Sphenisciformes (Penguins) 53
Biology, Captive Management, and Medicine 53
7 Order Rheiformes (Rheas) 65
Biology of the South American Ratites 65
Helminth Parasites 68
8 Order Tinamiformes (Tinamous) 72
Biology 72
Red-Winged Tinamou (Rhynchotus rufescens) - Utilization for Meat Production 75
Helminthiasis of Tinamous 76
9 Order Ciconiiformes (Herons, Storks, Ibises) 81
Biology 81
Management in Captivity 83
Ciconiiformes Medicine 84
Parasites and Parasitic Diseases of South American Ciconiiformes 87
10 Order Phoenicopteriformes (Flamingos) 95
Biology, Management in Captivity, and Medicine 95
11 Order Anseriformes (Ducks, Geese, Swans) 103
Biology 103
Captive Management and Medicine 105
12 Order Falconiformes (Hawks, Eagles, Falcons, Vultures) 115
Biology 115
Raptor Medicine and Surgery 118
13 Order Strigiformes (Owls) 125
Biology, Medicine, and Surgery 125
14 Order Gruiformes (Sun Bitterns, Trumpeters, Rails) 133
Biology 133
15 Order Galliformes, Family Cracidae 136
Crax blumenbachii Preservation Project 136
16 Order Columbiformes (Pigeons, Doves) 139
Biology 139
Medicine 141
17 Order Psittaciformes (Parrots, Macaws, Conures) 146
Biology 146
The Large Macaws 150
Nutrition 152
Viral Diseases 157
Fungal Infections 163
Noninfectious Diseases 168
Miscellaneous Diseases 170
18 Order Trochiliiformes (Hummingbirds) 174
Biology, Management in Captivity, and Medicine 174
19 Order Piciformes (Toucans, Woodpeckers) 180
Biology 180
Captive Management: Family Ramphastidae (Toucans) 186
Medicine: Family Ramphastidae (Toucans) 188
20 Order Passeriformes (Songbirds) 200
Anesthesia 200
General Medicine 201
Selected Infectious Diseases 208
Ectoparasites 209
21 Order Marsupialia (Opossums) 213
Biology and Medicine 213
22 Order Chiroptera (Bats)
Biology and Captive Management 219
Public Health 223
23 Order Rodentia (Rodents) 225
Biology and Medicine 225
24 Order Xenarthra (Edentata) (Sloths, Armadillos, Anteaters) 228
Biology and Captive Management of Armadillos and Anteaters 238
Biology and Captive Management of Sloths 245
Husbandry 246
Medicine and Neonatal Care of Sloths 247
General Medicine 249
25 Order Primates (Primates) 256
Biology of the Cebidae 256
Biology and Conservation: Family Callitrichidae 259
Nutrition 261
Behavior and Environmental Enrichment 263
Medicine 267
Medicine, Selected Disorders 272
Reproduction 274
26 Order Carnivora, Family Canidae (Dogs, Foxes, Maned Wolves) 279
Biology 279
Medicine 285
27 Order Carnivora, Family Felidae (Cats) 291
Biology 291
Medicine 296
Reproduction in Small Female Felids 301
Reproduction in Jaguars 308
Reproduction in Small Felid Males 312
28 Order Carnivora, Family Procyonidae (Raccoons, Kinkajous) 317
Biology 317
Captive Management and Restraint 317
Medicine 320
29 Order Carnivora, Family Mustelidae 323
Biology and Medicine 323
30 Orders Cetacea and Pinnipedia (Whales, Dolphins, Seals, Fur Seals, Sea Lions) 332
Biology 332
Medicine 341
31 Order Sirenia (Manatees, Dugongs, Sea Cows) 352
Biology 352
Medicine 356
32 Order Perissodactyla, Family Tapiridae (Tapirs) 363
Biology 363
Capture Methodology and Medicine 367
33 Order Artiodactyla, Family Tayassuidae (Peccaries) 377
Biology and Medicine 377
34 Order Artiodactyla, Family Camelidae (Guanacos, Vicunas) 392
Biology and Medicine 392
35 Order Artiodactyla, Family Cervidae (Deer) 402
Biology and Medicine 402
36 Nutrition and Nutritional Problems in Wild Animals 425
37 Ophthalmology 437
38 The Oral Cavity 457
39 Ultrasonography in South American Wild Animals 464
40 Interspecific Allometric Scaling 475
41 Pests and Nuisance Animals in Zoological Parks 482
42 Wild Animals and Public Health 493
43 Laboratory Support in Wild Animal Medicine 500
App Drug Dosages Used in Avian Medicine 506
Contributors 512
Index 517
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