Bison: Mating and Conservation in Small Populations

Bison: Mating and Conservation in Small Populations

by Carol Cunningham, Joel Berger
     
 

Bison: Mating and Conservation in Small Populations examines life and mating in small populations by using the North American Bison as a case study. Berger and Cunningham's research reveals insights on the past and present behavior and ecology of the continent's largest terrestrial mammal. The two authors employ historical data and new findings, collected over a… See more details below

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Bison: Mating and Conservation in Small Populations examines life and mating in small populations by using the North American Bison as a case study. Berger and Cunningham's research reveals insights on the past and present behavior and ecology of the continent's largest terrestrial mammal. The two authors employ historical data and new findings, collected over a five-year period, to resolve such complex questions as: How does nondispersal affect population? What happens when only a small proportion of the males mate? To what extent does a lack of predators affect behavior? Why do animals in particular areas experience morphological malformations? How much genetic diversity has been lost since the nineteenth century? The authors also discuss the consequences of mating failures, lineage differences in growth and morphological anomalies, and mechanisms that facilitate birth synchrony. Rich in natural history, theory, and practice, Bison: Mating and Conservation in Small Populations delves into behavioral ecology, mate choice, endangered species management, and the conservation of ecosystems.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231084567
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
08/04/1994
Series:
Issues, Cases, and Methods in Biodiversity Conservation Series
Pages:
330
Age Range:
18 Years

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
1Natural History and the Twenty-First Century
2Bison of the Past, Present, and Future
3The Study and the Badlands Ecosystem
4Social Spacing and Land Use Systems
5Population Features
6Reproductive Synchrony and Breeding Biology
7Female Mating and Reproductive Success
8Male Mating and Reproductive Success
9Mating Asymmetries and Their Consequences
10Bottlenecks and Lineage Mixing
11Landscapes and the Conservation of Charismatic Mammals
App. 1. Common and Scientific Names of Mammals Mentioned in the Text
App. 2. Overview of Early Captive Populations of Prairie Bison
App. 3. Variation in Vigilance in Badlands Ungulates
App. 4. Home Range Locations of Females of Two Lineages
App. 5. Example of Dominance Matrix for Adult Females
References
Index

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