Field techniques in zoo and wildlife conservation work

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Abstract

Wildlife conservation fieldwork and field-like situations in zoo settings can be challenging to veterinarians and include restraining, sedating/anesthetizing, examining, and sampling wild animals. The lack of amenities and utilities such as running water or electricity, climatic conditions, biting insects, and even the general public can all be a hindrance when working with animals in this environment. Zoonotic diseases and local conflicts, as well as the work itself, can all be hazards. On the basis of our combined experience, with field examples set in Scotland, working practices and suggestions for fieldwork equipment and the processing of samples are outlined. Equipment, references for obtaining additional information, and considerations for capture and anesthesia in the field are also covered. The importance of good communications, within the animal care team, with stakeholders, and with the general public, is emphasized. Potential health and environmental hazards are discussed, with recommendations on protective clothing and resources to identify these hazards.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)58-64
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of exotic pet medicine
Volume22
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Keywords

  • anesthesia
  • fieldwork
  • wildlife
  • zoo

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