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Zoos As Labs To Develop Conservation Strategies and Technologies

Discussion in 'General Zoo Discussion' started by Zooplantman, 5 May 2016.

  1. Zooplantman

    Zooplantman Well-Known Member

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    In all the chatter about whether zoos "have a place" and whether zoos "really" do conservation, little is said about the traditional role zoos have had in assisting field biologists in developing the techniques they need to study elusive animals in the wild.

    A current example:
    Using DNA to investigate Giant panda diet – Botanics Stories

    What other similar projects are you aware of?
     
  2. lintworm

    lintworm Moderator Staff Member

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    Research looking at stress hormones in lemurs springs to my mind, which first tested the applicability of the method on captive lemurs in Apenheul, Netherlands, before going to Madagascar.

    And there will be many more, even when you exclude all the research done in zoos, that is very difficult to replicate in the wild.
     
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    Zooplantman Well-Known Member

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