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An Introduction to Zoo Biology and Management

An Introduction to Zoo Biology and Management

Paul A. Rees

ISBN: 978-1-444-39783-3

Mar 2011, Wiley-Blackwell

432 pages



This book is intended as an introductory text for students studying a wide range of courses concerned with animal management, zoo biology and wildlife conservation, and should also be useful to zookeepers and other zoo professionals. It is divided into three parts. Part 1 considers the function of zoos, their history, how zoos are managed, ethics, zoo legislation and wildlife conservation law. Part 2 discusses the design of zoos and zoo exhibits, animal nutrition, reproduction, animal behaviour (including enrichment and training), animal welfare, veterinary care, animal handling and transportation. Finally, Part 3 discusses captive breeding programmes, genetics, population biology, record keeping, and the educational role of zoos, including a consideration of visitor behaviour. It concludes with a discussion of the role of zoos in the conservation of species in the wild and in species reintroductions. This book takes an international perspective and includes a wide range of examples of the operation of zoos and breeding programmes particularly in the UK, Europe, North America and Australasia.

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1 The Purpose and Popularity of Zoos.

2 Conservation.

3 A Short History of Zoos.

4 Zoo Organisation and Management.

5 Zoo Legislation.

6 Ethics and Zoos.


7 Zoo and Exhibit Design.

8 Nutrition and Feeding.

9 Reproductive Biology.

10 Zoo Animal Behaviour, Enrichment and Training.>

11 Animal Welfare and Veterinary Care.


12 Collection Planning and Captive Breeding.

13 Record Keeping.

14 Education, Research and Zoo Visitor Behaviour.

15 In-situ Conservation and Reintroductions.

Appendix I.

Appendix II.


“Overall, this is an exemplary introductory text, with masses of invaluable supporting information in appendices and a companion website: Giant pandas, by the way, get almost fifty mentions in an excellent index.”  (British Ecological Society Bulletin, 1 August 2012)

"For students and for zoo professionals in the early stages of their career, this text covers a wide range of topics . . . A companion website contains figures and tables from the book for downloading." (Book News, 1 August 2011)


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