Wild Mammals in Captivity: Principles and Techniques for Zoo Management, Second Edition / Edition 2

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Zoos, aquaria, and wildlife parks are vital centers of animal conservation and management. For nearly fifteen years, these institutions have relied on Wild Mammals in Captivity as the essential reference for their work. Now the book reemerges in a completely updated second edition. Wild Mammals in Captivity presents the most current thinking and practice in the care and management of wild mammals in zoos and other institutions. In one comprehensive volume, the editors have gathered the most current information from studies of animal behavior; advances in captive breeding; research in physiology, genetics, and nutrition; and new thinking in animal management and welfare.

            In this edition, more than three-quarters of the text is new, and information from more than seventy-five contributors is thoroughly updated. The standard text for all courses in zoo biology, Wild Mammals in Captivity will, in its new incarnation, continue to be used by zoo managers, animal caretakers, researchers, and anyone with an interest in how to manage animals in captive conditions. 

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Editorial Reviews

Times Higher Education

"Zoos should be staffed with those who have made Wild Mammals in Captivity their essential textbook."—Harry Miller, Times Higher Education, on the first edition
Desmond Morris
"This is an outstanding book!"
Journal of Mammal Evolution - Roberto F. Aguilar
“It seems easy to predict this book will remain the standard on captive mammal management for years to come. It is a fitting testament to Dr. Kleiman’s life work and represents the combined experience of many of the finest people in the field.”
Times Higher Education - on the first edition
"Zoos should be staffed with those who have made Wild Mammals in Captivity their essential textbook."
Animal Welfare - Jennifer Tobey
“The zoo industry has changed radically in recent years, with emphasis on animal welfare and conservation at the forefront. . . .This book is a good place to start for any zoo professional to become updated with the current direction. This does not mean that it is the final word on all that is out there and all the authors admit that, but I think this what makes it a must read. . . . The wealth of information in all of these chapters should lead us down the next ten years and beyond to create zoos that are examples of superior welfare.”
on the first edition - Ethology
"This book is a milestone in the field of the management of wild mammals and can be highly recommended."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226440095
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 8/15/2010
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 548
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Devra G. Kleiman is principal of Zoo-Logic, LLC, Chevy Chase, Maryland; senior scientist emeritus at Smithsonian National Zoological Park; and adjunct professor at the University of Maryland. Katerina V. Thompson is director of Undergraduate Research & Internship Programs in the College of Chemical and Life Sciences at the University of Maryland. Charlotte Kirk Baer is principal of Baer and Associates, LLC, Silver Spring, Maryland.  




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Table of Contents


George Rabb



Devra G. Kleiman




Part One

Ethics and Animal Welfare Standards



Devra G. Kleiman


1. Ethics of Keeping Mammals in Zoos and Aquariums   

Michael D. Kreger and Michael Hutchins


2. Challenges of Zoo Animal Welfare   

Ron Kagan and Jake Veasey


3. Setting Standards for Evaluation of Captive Facilities   

Joseph Barber, Denny Lewis, Govindasamy Agoramoorthy, and Miranda F. Stevenson


Part Two

Basic Mammal Management



Devra G. Kleiman


4. Physical Methods of Capture, Handling, and Restraint of Mammals   

Joe Christman


5. A Framework for Introduction and Socialization Processes for Mammals   

David M. Powell


6. Principles of and Research on Environmental Enrichment for Mammals   

David Shepherdson


7. Impact of Emerging and Zoonotic Diseases on Mammal Management   

Dominic Travis and Robyn Barbiers


8. Safety Considerations in a Zoological Park   

Mark Rosenthal and William Xanten


Part Three




Charlotte Kirk Baer


9. Contemporary Topics in Wild Mammal Nutrition   

Charlotte Kirk Baer, Duane E. Ullrey, Michael L. Schlegel, Govindasamy Agoramoorthy, and David J. Baer


10. Quality Control Aspects of Feeding Wild Mammals in Captivity   

Barbara Henry, Michael Maslanka, and Kerri A. Slifka


Part Four




Devra G. Kleiman


11. The History and Principles of Zoo Exhibition   

David Hancocks


12. Visitors, Conservation Learning, and the Design of Zoo and Aquarium Experiences   

Emily Routman, Jackie Ogden, and Keith Winsten


13. Managing Captive Mammals in Mixed-Species Communities   

Jake Veasey and Gabriele Hammer


14. Structural and Keeper Considerations in Exhibit Design   

Mark Rosenthal and William A. Xanten


15. How to Develop a Zoo-Based Environmental Enrichment Program: Incorporating Environmental Enrichment into Exhibits   

Cynthia Fernandes Cipreste, Cristiano Schetini De Azevedo, and Robert John Young


16. Special Considerations for the Maintenance of Marine Mammals in Captivity   

Brian Joseph and James Antrim


17. Zoological Horticulture   

Merle Moore and Don Peterkin


18. New and Sustainable Directions in Zoo Exhibit Design   

Jon Coe and Greg Dykstra


Part Five

Conservation and Research



Devra G. Kleiman


19. Demographic and Genetic Management of Captive Populations   

Jonathan D. Ballou, Caroline Lees, Lisa J. Faust, Sarah Long, Colleen Lynch, Laurie Bingaman Lackey, and Thomas J. Foose


20. Regional Collection Planning for Mammals   

Ruth Allard, Kevin Willis, Caroline Lees, Brandie Smith, and Bart Hiddinga


21. Management of “Surplus” Animals   

Scott Carter and Ron Kagan


22. The Role of Captive Populations in Reintroduction Programs   

Joanne M. Earnhardt


23. The Role of Zoos in Contributing to In Situ Conservation   

Alexandra Zimmermann


24. Research Trends in Zoos   

Terry L. Maple and Meredith J. Bashaw


Part Six




Katerina V. Thompson


25. The Importance of Maintaining Natural Behaviors in Captive Mammals   

M. Elsbeth Mcphee and Kathy Carlstead


26. Animal Learning and Husbandry Training for Management   

Jill Mellen and Marty Sevenich Macphee


27. Applying Knowledge of Mammalian Social Organization, Mating Systems, and Communication to


Ronald R. Swaisgood and Bruce A. Schulte


28. The Management of Pregnancy and Parturition in Captive Mammals   

Patrick Thomas, Cheryl S. Asa, and Michael Hutchins


29. Parental Care and Behavioral Development in Captive Mammals   

Katerina V. Thompson, Andrew J. Baker, and Anne M. Baker


30. Data Collection in the Zoo Setting, Emphasizing Behavior   

Carolyn M. Crockett and Renee R. Ha


Part Seven




Devra G. Kleiman


31. Reproductive Physiology   

Cheryl S. Asa


32. Male Reproduction: Assessment, Management, Assisted Breeding, and Fertility Control   

Rebecca E. Spindler and David E. Wildt


33. Endocrine Monitoring of Reproduction and Stress   

Keith Hodges, Janine Brown, and Michael Heistermann


34. Contraception as a Management Tool for Controlling Surplus Animals   

Cheryl S. Asa and Ingrid J. Porton





Devra G. Kleiman


Appendix 1: Standard Methods for Measuring Mammals   

Barbara Lundrigan


Appendix 2: Identification and Marking Techniques   

Penny Kalk and Clifford G. Rice


Appendix 3: Records, Studbooks, Regional Zoo Associations, and ISIS   

Laurie Bingaman Lackey


Appendix 4: Annotated Bibliography of Books, Journals, and Web Sites on Captive Management   

Kay Kenyon Barboza and Linda L. Coates


List of Contributors    

Author Index   

Subject Index   

Taxonomic Index

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