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The Role of Zoos

2011. FA, JOHN E.; FUNK, STEPHAN M.; and O'CONNELL, DONNAMARIE. Zoo Conservation Biology (Ecology, Biodiversity and Conservation). Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. Pb. 384 pp.
Provides a critical assessment of the contribution of zoos to species conservation. The first part introduces the origins and global spread of zoos and also explores animal collection composition. The second part focuses on the basic elements of keeping viable captive animal populations. The authors consider the consequences of captivity on animals, the genetics of captive populations, and the pe4rformance of zoos in captive breeding. The third and final part examines ways in which zoos can make a significant difference to conservation both now and in the future.
1990. PAGE, JAKE. Zoo: The Modern Ark. Facts on File, New York, Oxford and Sydney. Hb. 192 pp.
A large, glossy, 'coffee-table-type' book, with a Preface by Gerald Durrell, that attaches as much importance to the superb photographs by Franz Maier as it does to the text, but this is not to say the text is unimportant. It is a very factual and readable book, albeit too big and heavy for bedtime reading.

1991. TUDGE, COLIN. Last Animals at the Zoo: How Mass Extinction Can Be Stopped. Hutchinson Radius. Hb. 266 pp.
Despite the peculiar title, this is an exhaustively researched and well-written account of the multifarious challenges facing zoos in the 21st century. The author begins by examining the reasons why it is important to conserve animals before moving on to explain how zoos can best achieve their goals. A lucid, spirited defence of captive breeding by a renowned zoologist and science writer. The first soft-cover edition (272 pp.) was published by Oxford Paperbacks in 1992.

1981. WOODROFFE, GORDON. Wildlife Conservation and the Modern Zoo. Saiga Publishing Co. Ltd., Hindhead, Surrey. Hb. 208 pp.
The methods used by zoos such as Whipsnade, Zurich, Frankfurt, Basle, London, Bristol, Jersey and New York are examined in the context of wildlife conservation. In particular Mr Woodroffe focuses on zoos’ endeavours to breed primates, elephants, rhinoceroses and carnivores. Illustrated with 48 black-and-white photographs.
2007. ZIMMERMANN, ALEXANDRA (ed.); HATCHWELL, MATTHEW (ed.); DICKIE, LESLEY (ed.); WEST, CHRIS (ed.). Zoos in the 21st Century: Catalysts for Conservation? (Conservation Biology). Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. Pb. 388 pp.
A comprehensive book of a big subject. Poses the questions: What is the true role of zoos in conservation? How can they contribute more significantly to global conservation efforts? What are the unique attributes of zoos? And should zoos be doing more?