Veterinary considerations of captive breeding and restoration programs for houbara bustards in the Middle East

Bailey, T.A. and Samour, J.H. and Cooper, J.E. and Cromie, R.L. (1996) Veterinary considerations of captive breeding and restoration programs for houbara bustards in the Middle East. Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery, 10 (4). pp. 268-277. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

Captive breeding and restoration programs involve managed movements of animals between captive and free-living populations. Conservationists are concerned that novel diseases or genetic conditions may be transferred by these movements, endangering both captive-released and remnant wild populations. Captive breeding programs have been established by the governments of several countries in the Middle East with the objective of restoring populations of houbara bustards (Chlamydotis undulata macqueenii). Many of these organizations have integrated veterinary departments into their captive-breeding programs. Biomedical research has been developed to maximize the health of captive birds, monitor the diseases present in both captive and free-living populations, and minimize the potential threat of disease transfer. Diseases such as Newcastle disease, avian pox, chlamydiosis, and intestinal parasites pose significant threats to captive breeding and restoration programs for houbara bustards in the Arabian peninsula, and measures are being taken to address this problem in the region.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: reintroduction; captive breeding; biomedical research; houbara bustard; avian
Subjects: Q Science
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > DICE (Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology)
Depositing User: M.A. Ziai
Date Deposited: 29 Jun 2011 09:13
Last Modified: 29 Jun 2011 09:13
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/18792 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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