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1 WHO AN ANIMAL IS AFFECTS TRANSLOCATION SUCCESS Case Study: An endangered species of desert rodent, Dipodomys stephensi Animal Welfare Program: Liv Baker

2 Animal Welfare Program  Developed through concerns of loss of wilderness  Focus on health of populations, species and overall ecosystem biodiversity ~ NOT on the welfare of the individual  Changes in the intensification of conservation programs warrant a reevaluation of this focus  Translocation demands the direct care and management of free-ranging animals as a means to species survival

3 Animal Welfare Program  Deliberate and mediated movement of free-ranging animals  Common conservation practice to combat species loss  Popular among stakeholders  50-95% mortality rate

4 FACE OF MORTALITY Animal Welfare Program

5 CAPTURE Animal Welfare Program

6 HANDLING / EXAMINATION Animal Welfare Program

7 CAPTIVITY Animal Welfare Program

8 NOVEL ENVIRONMENT Animal Welfare Program

9 MONITORING Animal Welfare Program

10 WhereWhen HowWhy ?

11 Animal Welfare Program

12  Southern California  Nocturnal  Ricochetal  Semi-fossorial  Quasi-solitary  Granivorous  Keystone species  Endangered (1988) Animal Welfare Program

13 SUBURBANIZATION Animal Welfare Program

14 CULTIVATION Animal Welfare Program

15 INVASIVE GRASSES Animal Welfare Program

16 METHODOLOGY: Personality Profile  Demographic information  Fecal cortisol levels  Captive activity budgets  Social context responses STEPHENS’ KANGAROO RAT

17 Animal Welfare Program FINDINGS  Home environment matters  Cortisol matters  Activity level matters  Behavioural response matters STEPHENS’ KANGAROO RAT

18 Parking lotFallow vineyard (El Sol) Animal Welfare Program

19 STEPHENS’ KANGAROO RAT

20 Animal Welfare Program FINDINGS  Home environment matters  Cortisol matters  Activity level matters  Behavioural response matters STEPHENS’ KANGAROO RAT

21 Animal Welfare Program STEPHENS’ KANGAROO RAT

22 Animal Welfare Program STEPHENS’ KANGAROO RAT

23 Animal Welfare Program FINDINGS  Home environment matters  Cortisol matters  Activity level matters  Behavioural response matters STEPHENS’ KANGAROO RAT

24 Animal Welfare Program STEPHENS’ KANGAROO RAT *

25 Animal Welfare Program FINDINGS  Home environment matters  Cortisol matters  Activity level matters  Behavioural response matters STEPHENS’ KANGAROO RAT

26 Parking lot SKREl Sol SKR Animal Welfare Program Predator simulation  Less interaction with predator stimuli  Fewer attempts at escape  More time spent at refuge  (Except for experienced SKR) Conspecific simulation  More interaction with mirror  Quicker to interact with mirror Predator simulation  More interaction with predator stimuli  Greater attempts at escape  Less time spent at refuge  (Experienced behaved the same) Conspecific simulation  Less interaction with mirror  Slower to interact with mirror

27 Animal Welfare Program WHO SURVIVES?  Cortisol activity reactivity  More Docile  More Cautious  More Social  More Plastic

28 Animal Welfare Program Compassionate Conservation

29 Animal Welfare Program: Liv Baker THANKS TO For Guidance: David Fraser, UBC Debra Shier, ICR; UCLA Matt R. Milnes, MHC; ICR Jeff Zuba, ICR For Assistance: Tom Ash Nancy Chen Michael Lawrence Chris Moen Matthew Petelle Christina Tse Mary Toews Sean Kuling For Funding: Riverside County Habitat Conservation Agency Killam Foundation


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