Conservation of Endangered Species in Captivity

An Interdisciplinary Approach

Edited by Edward F. Gibbons Jr., Barbara S. Durrant, and Jack Demarest

Subjects: Endangered Species
Series: SUNY series in Endangered Species
Paperback : 9780791419120, 810 pages, August 1995
Hardcover : 9780791419113, 810 pages, September 1995

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Table of contents


Volume Editors

I. Invertebrates

Introduction of Authors and Chapter Previews

1. The Conservation of Invertebrates: Problems and Prospects
Michael H. Robinson

2. Complex Life Histories and Diverse Reproductive Physiologies of Endangered Invertebrates: Implications for Captive Conservation
Boyce A. Drummond

3. Behavioral Research with Endangered Invertebrate Species
Jack Demarest and Marcia Bradley

4. Design of Captive Environments for Endangered Invertebrates
Leslie S. Saul-Gershenz, Richard A. Arnold, and J. Mark Scriber

II. Fishes

Introduction of Authors and Chapter Previews

5. Captive Conservation of Endangered Fishes
Christopher C. Kohler

6. Reproductive Physiology of Teleost Fishes
Leo S. Demski

7. Behavioral Research on Captive Endangered Fishes of North America
Ruth Francis-Floyd and James D. Williams

8. Design of Captive Environments for Endangered Fishes
Michael K. Stoskopf

III. Reptiles and Amphibians

Introduction of Authors and Chapter Previews

9. Conservation of Reptiles and Amphibians
Peter C. H. Pritchard

10. Reproductive Physiology of Reptiles and Amphibians
Paul Licht

11. Ethological Studies on Reptiles and Amphibians: Lessons for Species Survival Plans
Gordon M. Burghardt and Mark A. Milostan

12. Captive Design for Reptiles and Amphibians
Janice J. Perry-Richardson and Craig S. Ivanyi

IV. Birds

Introduction of Authors and Chapter Previews

13. Captive Propagation and Avian Conservation
Christine Sheppard

14. Avian Reproductive Physiology
George F. Gee

15. Behavioral Considerations in the Captive Management, Propogation, and Reintroduction of Endangered Birds
Michael Hutchins, Christine Sheppard, Anna Marie Lyles, and Gerard Casadei

16. Captive Design for Endangered Birds
Bruce W. Bohmke

V. Mammals (Excluding Marine Mammals and Primates)

Introduction of Authors and Chapter Previews

17. The Status and Challenges of the Conservation of Mammals in Captivity
Reginald A. Hoyt

18. Reproduction in Mammals: Captive Perspectives
Barbara S. Durrant

19. Mammalian Behavior: Lessons from Captive Studies
John L. Gittleman and Greta C. McMillan

20. Interdisciplinary Issues in the Design of Mammal Exhibits
Debra L. Forthman, Rita McManamon, Uriel A. Levi, and Gail Y. Bruner

VI. Marine Mammals

Introduction of Authors and Chapter Previews

21. The Tides of Change: Conservation of Marine Mammals
Sam H. Ridgway

22. Marine Mammal Reproductive Physiology
J. Pete Schroeder

23. Marine Mammal Behavior: Conservation Through Research
Susie Ellis

24. Elements of Successful Facility Design: Marine Mammals
Jay Sweeney and Terry Samansky

VII. Primates

Introduction of Authors and Chapter Previews

25. Conservation of Primates in Captivity
Edward F. Gibbons, Jr.

26. Comparative Reproductive Physiology of Female and Male Nonhuman Primates
S. D. Kholkute and W. Richard Dukelow

27. Primates and Behavior
Douglas K. Candland and Sarah L. Bush

28. Ark Design Update: Primate Needs and Requirements
Donald G. Lindburg and Jon Coe






This multi-disciplinary approach to conservation of endangered species in captivity is organized taxonomically and by scientific discipline. The seven taxonomic groups included are invertebrates; fish, reptiles and amphibians, birds, marine mammals, primates, and other mammals. Within each taxonomic group, four scientific disciplines are explored: conservation, reproductive physiology, behavior, and captive design.

Conservation chapters summarize the status of the taxonomic group both in the wild and in captivity. Reviewed in the reproductive physiology chapters are anatomy, endocrinology and physiology for females and males of the taxonomic group. In the section on behavior the functions of captive animal research, the methods used, and the problems encountered are discussed. And, in examining captive design the authors provide a general historical outline of the philosophies, trends, and scientific issues for the targeted taxonomic group.

Edward F. Gibbons, Jr. is Director of the Center for Science and Technology at Briarcliffe College. He is the lead editor of Naturalistic Environments in Captivity for Animal Behavior Research , also published by SUNY Press. Barbara S. Durrant is Head of the Reproductive Physiology Division of CRES at the Zoological Society of San Diego, Adjunct Professor of Biology at San Diego State University, and Adjunct Assistant Member of the Department of Cell Biology at The Scripps Research Institute. Jack Demarest is Professor of Animal Behavior at Monmouth College and a Research Associate at Rutgers University.


"The editors and authors have brought together under one cover the essential elements and understanding necessary to create a meaningful conservation program to address the needs of a diverse group of endangered species. " — Wilbur B. Amand, V. M.D. , Zoological Society of Philadelphia

"It fills a void in the literature and is a book that I would likely adopt for one of my classes. Several of the chapters represent the only materials available on specific topics. Although there are other books with similar sounding titles, this is the only one with the scope to essentially cover the field indicated in the title. " — Hal Markowitz, San Francisco State University