Using Qualitative Disease Risk Analysis for Herpetofauna Conservation Translocations Transgressing Ecological and Geographical Barriers

Mariana Bobadilla Suarez, John G Ewen, Jim J. Groombridge , Katie Beckmann, J. Shotton, N. Masters, T. Hopkins, Anthony W Sainsbury

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Abstract

Through the exploration of disease risk analysis methods employed for four different UK herpetofauna translocations, we illustrate how disease hazards can be identified, and how the risk of disease can be analysed. Where ecological or geographical barriers between source and destination sites exist, parasite populations are likely to differ in identity or strain between the two sites, elevating the risk from disease and increasing the number and category of hazards requiring analysis. Simplification of the translocation pathway through the avoidance of these barriers reduces the risk from disease. The disease risk analysis tool is intended to aid conservation practitioners in decision making relating to disease hazards prior to implementation of a translocation.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEcohealth
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 22 Dec 2015

Keywords

  • translocations
  • reintroductions
  • reptiles
  • amphibians
  • disease management
  • conservation

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