Health surveillance in wildlife reintroductions

Mathews, F.; Moro, D.; Strachan, R.; Gelling, M.; Buller, N.. 2006 Health surveillance in wildlife reintroductions. Biological Conservation, 131 (2). 338-347.

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Reintroductions and translocations are increasingly used as conservation tools. However, despite guidelines recommending that health-screening be an integral part of such programmes, few reports are available. For most species, even baseline data, against which to compare future results, are not published. Here we report two case studies of health surveillance in wildlife reintroduction programmes – for water voles (Arvicola terrestris) in Australia, and for marsupial dibblers (Parantechinus apicalis) in the UK. These illustrate the potential importance of even basic screening strategies in helping to avoid disease transfer and identifying predictors of survival. Factors to be considered in the design of future monitoring schemes are also discussed

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI):
Programmes: CEH Programmes pre-2009 publications > Biogeochemistry
UKCEH and CEH Sections/Science Areas: _ Biogeochemistry & Ecosystem Function
ISSN: 0006-3207
Format Availability: Electronic, Print
Additional Keywords: Reintroduction, Captive breeding, Water voles, Arvicola terrestris, Dibblers, Parantechinus apicalis, Haematology, Stress, Parasite, Pathogen
NORA Subject Terms: Zoology
Ecology and Environment
Date made live: 02 Jul 2007 14:26 +0 (UTC)

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