Last Animals at the Zoo: How Mass Extinction Can Be Stopped

Colin Tudge, Author Island Press $35 (266p) ISBN 978-1-55963-158-7
Zoos play an essential role in modern conservation strategy, stresses the author, a fellow of the Royal Zoological Society in London, their most important task being the breeding of endangered species for return to the wild. Tudge introduces us to the science of captive breeding, which combines molecular biology with reproductive physiology. The next step, reintroduction, demands protection of the animals, management, preservation and restoration of habitat and public education. Tudge describes successful programs with Arabian oryx, red wolf, Pere David's deer and golden lion tamarind and discusses other programs in progress and experimental breeding techniques. In addition to keeping the animals healthy, zookeepers must provide behavioral and environmental enrichment (``keep them happy''). Tudge cites several innovative measures taken at major zoos--Portland, Oreg.; London; Glasgow; and Aspenhuel, Holland. He engages in philosophical speculation about animals, combined with delightful stories. (Mar.)
Reviewed on: 01/01/1992
Release date: 01/01/1992
Paperback - 266 pages - 978-1-55963-157-0
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