Reintroduction of Top-Order Predators / Edition 1

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Large predators are among the most threatened species on the planet and ways of conserving them in the face of increasing human populations and associated resource requirements are becoming critical. This book draws upon the experiences of some of the world's foremost large carnivore specialists to discuss the numerous issues associated with reintroducing large predators back into their natural habitats. Reviews of internationally renowned reintroduction programmes for wolves. European lynx and African wild dogs reveal the successes and failures of these actions. Experts on tigers, snow leopards and jaguars contend that there are other conservation options of higher priority that will ensure their security in the long term. Other experts discuss more theoretical aspects such as whether we know enough about these species to be able to predict their behavioural or ecological response to the reintroduction process. Social, economic, political and genetic considerations are also addressed.

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"This is an informative and important book that will prove to be of great interest to Australian ecologists as the need for top-order predator reintroductions becomes more urgent in this country. It is highly recommended reading for all state and national conservation administrators and wild-life scientists." (Austral Ecology and Ecological Management & Restoration, 2011)

"This book, which is very easy to read, is based on the experiences of some large carnivore specialists in the world to discuss the numerous issues associated with reintroduction of large predators in their natural habitats." (Mammalia, 2010)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405192736
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 4/21/2009
  • Series: Conservation Science and Practice Series, #7
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Matt Hayward conducted a PhD on the conservation ecology of the Australian marsupial quokka, then studied bushmeat hunting in the Transkei region of South Africa and the reintroduction of large predators to Addo Elephant National Park. He is currently researching Holarctic predator dietary ecology, forest regeneration and European bison conservation in Białowieża Primeval Forest, Poland.

Michael Somers is a lecturer at the Centre for Wildlife Management and a core team member of the NRF-DST Centre of Excellence for Invasion Biology at the University of Pretoria. His research interests are broad but mostly include reintroduction biology and invasion ecology.

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Table of Contents

Contributors x

Foreword Hans Kruuk xiii

Acknowledgements xvi

1 Reintroduction of Top-Order Predators: Using Science to Restore One of the Drivers of Biodiversity Matt W. Hayward Michael J. Somers 1

2 A Critical Assessment of South Africa's Managed Metapopulation Recovery Strategy for African Wild Dogs Harriet T. Davies-Mostert M. Gus L. Mills David W. Macdonald 10

3 Reintroduction Decisions Taken at the Incorrect Social Scale Devalue their Conservation Contribution: The African Lion in South Africa Rob Slotow Luke T.B. Hunter 43

4 Recovery of Eurasian Lynx in Europe: What Part has Reintroduction Played? John D.C. Linnell Urs Breitenmoser Christine Breitenmoser-Würsten John Odden Manuela von Arx 72

5 Reintroduction of Wolves to Yellowstone National Park: History, Values and Ecosystem Restoration Douglas W. Smith Edward E. Bangs 92

6 Aspects and Implications of Bear Reintroduction Joseph D. Clark 126

7 Tiger Reintroduction in India: Conservation Tool or Costly Dream? A.J.T. Johnsingh M.D. Madhusudan 146

8 Snow Leopards: Is Reintroduction the Best Option? Rodney M. Jackson Som B. Ale 164

9 The Suitability of the Jaguar (Panthera onca) for Reintroduction Marcella J. Kelly Scott Silver 187

10 The Status and Conservation of Leopards and Other Large Carnivores in the Congo Basin, and the Potential Role of Reintroduction Philipp Henschel 206

11 Reintroducing the Dingo: Can Australia's Conservation Wastelands be Restored? Chris R. Dickman Alistair S. Glen Mike Letnic 238

12 The Role of Social Behaviour in Carnivore Reintroductions Michael J. Somers Markus Gusset 270

13 Survival of Cheetahs Relocated from Ranchland to Fenced Protected Areas in South Africa Kelly Marnewick Matt W. Hayward Deon Cilliers Michael J. Somers 282

14 A Framework for Evaluating Reintroduction Success in Carnivores: Lessons from African Wild Dogs Markus Gusset 307

15 A Synthesis of Early Indicators of the Drivers of Predator Conservation on Private Lands in South Africa Peter A. Lindsey Stephanie S. Romañach Harriet T. Davies-Mostert 321

16 Moving Beyond the Descriptive: Predicting the Responses of Top-Order Predators to Reintroduction Matt W. Hayward 345

17 Genetic Considerations in Reintroduction Programmes for Top-Order, Terrestrial Predators Richard Frankham 371

18 Breeding Far Eastern Leopards for Reintroduction: The Zoo Programme Perspective Sarah Christie 388

19 Lessons Learnt and Plans Laid: Seven Awkward Questions for the Future of Reintroductions David W. Macdonald 411

Index 449

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