The pygmy hippo (Choeropsls liberiensls), an endangered species, is only found in the Guinean rainforests of West Africa. It is declining throughout its natural range, so captive breeding and management are essential for long-term conservation of the species. Studying animals in zoos, I first identified primary causes of disease and mortality, as well as potential implications of polycystic kidney disease for viability of the captive population. I also used fecal hormone assays to describe reproductive cycles, pregnancy, and to assess stress levels, so we can identify causes of reproductive failure. The outcome is new recommendations for veterinary care, husbandry and management.
|Qualification||Doctor of Philosophy|
|Award date||12 Jun 2017|
|Publication status||Unpublished - 2017|