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1 Important Considerations for Intensive Management of Endangered Species 4 Often managers rush into intensive management for a quick, high profile fix of a declining species 4 Before captive propagation, reintroduction, and translocation are considered four general areas should be addressed (Kleiman et al. 1994) –Condition of the Species –Environmental Conditions –Biopolitical Considerations –Biological Knowledge

2 Removing the Cause of Decline 4 This is really the crux of endangered species conservation 4 Requires detailed observation and likely experimentation to fully understand reason for decline –Brown tree snake was not immediately recognized –Condor limiting factors required telemetry to ID not 1080, not disturbance at nest, not shooting, likely lead poison because Condors need open habitat to find food and hunters/ranchers common there

3 Facing the Evil Quartet 4 Typically we are up against –habitat destruction/degradation –exotics –trophic cascades –overharvest –contaminants 4 Contaminants and overharvest are easiest to remove or reduce

4 Recovery after Agent of Decline Removed 4 Stop Over harvest –whales, alligator 4 Remove Pesticides –Peregrine, Bald Eagle, Brown Pelican 4 Remove Pesticides and Modify Habitat Needs –Mauritius Kestrel (Jones et al. 1991) birds birds

5 Exotics are Very Difficult to Control 4 Disease, Snakes –Technology not adequate to control –Buy time by “marooning” (Williams 1977) release small numbers of species with poor dispersal ability in isolated habitat (typically islands) 700 islands off New Zealand –Saddleback, Kakapo (flightless parrot), Takahe (Rail) Buys time until feral introduced mammals can be removed Guam Rail released on Rota

6 Are We Treating the Symptom or the Cause of the Problem? 4 Often rush into captive propagation without addressing limiting factor –“Headstarting” Sea Turtles (Tate 1990) rear until old enough to avoid predation on nesting grounds Better to protect nesting ground –Hatcheries and barges for Salmon damns, habitat loss, fishing, etc are cause –May be justified to learn about propagation and control Mariana Crow

7 A Complex Example of Addressing Limiting Factors 4 Rhinos in Africa 4 Destruction of habitat, hunting, illegal trade in products (folk medicine, dagger handles) –reduction in numbers from 65, ,000 in 1960s to ~3,000 today regulations (CITES) scientific study of medicinal effects Leader of Yehman using agate handle dagger shoot to kill poacher policy De-horning Ranching to flood market

8 Little Progress with Rhinos 4 Can’t change old beliefs quickly –medicinal effects of horn 4 Value of horn in poor countries makes risk of death worth it 4 De-horning not very effective (Berger 1998, Rachlow and Berger 1997) –grow back (possible sustainable harvest?) –killed out of spite –even small portion of horn near skull valuable –dehorned mothers less able to defend calfs from hyenas 4 Need to work at both ends of trade routes

9 Hope with One-horned Rhinos (Dinerstein 2003) 4 Rhinos in India-Nepal are increasing with creation of Royal Chitwan National Park –Community pride, ecotourism, natural resource benefits to residents, Royal family of Nepal leadership 4 General approach –Design landscapes with large, protected cores –Introduce powerful economic incentives, legislation, awareness –Identify bold leadership to rally political will Translocation Redistribution of park revenue to locals Resettlement or land transfer

10 How Do We Protect or Restore Enough Habitat? 4 Biopolitical Considerations (Kleiman et al. 1994) –No negative impact for locals –Community support exists –GOs and NGOs supportive/involved 4 But what about when there is an obvious Economic Cost? –Especially when habitat is already being used by humans Salmon

11 Captive Breeding and Reintroduction 4 Once the limiting factors have been addressed it might be time for intensive management –last resort –expensive –difficult to make succeed Beck et al % successful Griffith et al % successful –requires large, long-term effort in captivity and the wild

12 Typical Questions About Captive Propagation 4 Is it necessary? 4 Is it successful and worth it? 4 How do you do it? –Technical questions about breeding, rearing, and release

13 Intensive Management Programs are Complex Example from Mariana Crow program on Guam landowner coordination monitoring pull eggs rear nestlings translocate hack to the wild control predators

14 Why Captive Breed? 4 Produce stock for reintroduction (Wilson and Stanley Price 1994) 4 Preserve genetic variability 4 Produce stock for research 4 Produce animals for public education 4 Provide insurance against extinction –alala pva

15 What are We Breeding in Captivity? 4 (Ginsberg 1994, Canids) 4 Reviewed species bred in captivity (N = 32) from Most are common species 4 Increase in vulnerable and endangered species in late 1980s 3 endangered species account for 95% of litters for V&E species (Maned Wolf, Af. Wild Dog, and Bush Dog) 75% of all captive breeding is done on 3 species (grey wolf, red fox, dingo)

16 Criteria to Meet Prior to Reintroduction (Kleiman et al. 1994) 4 Already discussed environmental and political considerations 4 Condition of the species –Is there a need to increase numbers, populations, or genetic diversity of the species? –Is appropriate stock available? –Will introduction jeopardize wild population?

17 Criteria to Meet Prior to Reintroduction (Kleiman et al. 1994) 4 Biological and Other Resources –Do we know how to rear and reintroduce the species? –Do we know enough about the biology of the species to determine if we have been successful? –Is funding for the long term available includes monitoring success of reintroduction

18 Example of Meeting Criteria for Tamarins (Kleiman et al. 1994)

19 Assessment of Reintroduction Projects (Beck et al. 1994) 4 Reviewed projects from 1900 to 1993 –N=145 projects, 13 million animals of 126 species –acclimate = hard vs. soft release % of Projects

20 What Made Project Successful? 4 Successful if N=500 w/o human intervention or PVA looks good 4 16 (11%) successful 4 Training, local involvement, education, and duration are consistently important

21 Criteria for Success from Griffith et al. (1989) 4 Type of species (game more successful than threatened) 4 Habitat quality (better success into good habitat) 4 Location of release (better in core of historic range) 4 Source of stock (Wild caught better than hand- reared) 4 Food habits (herbivore better than carnivore or omnivore) 4 Duration of study (longer and more animals released increased success)

22 Size and Persistence of Release Matters (Ginsberg 1994) 4 PVA model results (Kit Foxes) 4 N=Starting pop size 4 SP=successive releases of 20 indiv/yr for 10 years 4 Huge increase in viability with little increase in per year release effort. N=50 N=100 N=500 Successive Releases N=50SP; N=100SP

23 Major Drawbacks to Success (Snyder et al. 1996) 4 Need to maintain a self sustaining captive population 4 Need to successfully reintroduce 4 May get domestication and disease in captivity 4 Need considerable funds and facilities 4 Diverts attention from long-term solution in the field (easy to do quick fix) 4 Need consistent administration (Clark et al. 1994)

24 The Biology of Captive Propagation and Reintroduction 4 Captive Breeding –zoo biology and husbandry 4 Manipulating Wild Pairs –pull clutch 4 Captive Rearing –considerations of diet, disease, training 4 Reintroduction –translocation, fostering, hacking (soft release), hard release

25 A General Captive Propagation Program 4 Aplomado falcons (Cade et al. 1991) bring birds in from captivity –acclimate so they breed in captivity –increase productivity by food supplementation and clutch manipulation –hand rear young, experiment with parent rearing manipulate wild pairs –clutch manipulation hack out captive-reared birds –meet recovery goal for species –30-50 young released for years –require 15 pairs (35 individuals)

26 How to Incubate Eggs? 4 An example of figuring out one aspect of captive propagation 4 Use of surrogate species 4 Need controlled experiments

27 Effects of Manipulating Wild Pairs 4 Bald Eagles (Wood and Collopy 1993) –78% renested within 1 month –subsequent reproduction within the year may be reduced this was modeled with RAMAS age model and was estimated not to affect viability of “donor” population 4 Corvids (Marzluff et al. 1994) –69% renested –reduced clutch size on renesting and slightly lower number of fledglings –occupancy and productivity at manipulated sites was same as controls next year

28 Hand-rearing May Produce Undersized Young for Release 4 Growth is usually faster in nature and may produce light-weight young (magpies) 4 Growth in captivity may be compensatory (crows) 4 If dominance is related to size, then survival or breeding may be reduced –Whitmore and Marzluff 1998

29 Raising Mammals in Captivity 4 Hand-rearing diets for wild ungulate neonates –used ad lib feeding of evaporated milk –easy and growth similar to wild Wild et al Elk Big-horn Pronghorn

30 Practice Makes More Perfect 4 Mortality of pups is reduced with increasing number of litters produced for a species –3 outliers were removed from analysis??) –Ginsberg 1994

31 Ferret Predatory Behavior Is Influenced by Rearing 4 Vargas 1994 –% of ferrets that killed PDs at 16.5 weeks –Group I cage-raised, no exposure to live prey –Group II Cage-raised, exposed to live hamsters--went for back of neck, not throat –Group III Cage-raised, exposed to live Prairie Dogs –Group IV Outdoor raised, exposed to PDs

32 Survival of Released Foxes is Affected by Method of Release 4 Kit Foxes (in Ginsberg 1994) 4 Wild caught translocated (hard release) did best in short term 4 Hard versus Soft Release were similar after 2 years Wild Caught, Hard-release All Soft Releases All Hard Releases Captive Reared, Hard-release

33 Sometimes Younger is Better! (Valutis 1997) 4 Post-release survival of American Crows was better if we released them young –less dispersal –gradual integration into wild flocks may be better –wild birds may be more receptive to new birds during breeding season Assume missing birds were alive Assume missing birds were dead

34 References 4 Vargas, A Ontogeny of the endangered black-footed ferret (Mustela nigripes) and effects of rearing conditions on predatory behavior and post-release survival. PhD. Diss. U. Wyoming 4 Ginsberg, JR Captive breeding, reintroduction and the conservation of canids. PP In. Olney et al. (eds.). Creative Conservation. Chapman and Hall, London. 4 Valutis, LL Reintroduction of captive-reared birds. MSc. BSU. Boise, ID. 4 Wild, MA. Et al Comparing growth rates of dam- and hand- raised Bighorn sheep, pronghorn, and elk neonates. J W M 58: Whitmore, KD and JM Marzluff Hand-rearing corvids for reintroduction: importance of feeding regime, nestling growth, and dominance. JWM 62:

35 More References 4 Wilson, AC and MR Stanley Price Reintroduction as a reason for captive breeding. PP In. Olney et al. (eds.). Creative Conservation. Chapman and Hall, London. 4 Kleiman, DG et al Criteria for reintroductions. PP In. Olney et al. (eds.). Creative Conservation. Chapman and Hall, London. 4 Beck, B.B., et al Reintroduction of captive-born animals. PP In. Olney et al. (eds.). Creative Conservation. Chapman and Hall, London. 4 Griffith, B. Et al Translocation as a species conservation tool: status and strategy. Science 245: Cade, TJ et al Efforts to restore the northern aplomado falcon by captive breeding and reintroduction. Dodo 27: Williams, GR Marooning--a technique for saving threatened species from extinction. International Zoo Yearbook 17:

36 Yet More References 4 Jones, CG. Et al A summary of the conservation management of the mauritius kestrel Falco punctatus Dodo 27: Rachlow, JL. And J. Berger Conservation implications of patterns of horn regeneration in dehorned white rhinos. Conservation Biology 11: Berger, J Animal behaviour and plundered mammals: Is the study of mating systems a scientific luxury or a conservation necessity? Oikos 77: Wood, PB. And MW Collopy Effects of egg removal on bald eagle productivity in northern Florida. JWM 57: Marzluff, JM et al Captive propagation and reintroduction of social birds. Annual Report. Sustainable Ecosystems Institute, Meridian, ID.


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