Special Issue "Conservation of Endangered Animals and Protection of Their Habitats"
A special issue of Animals (ISSN 2076-2615).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2013
Prof. Dr. John L. Koprowski
Wildlife Conservation & Management, School of Natural Resources & the Environment (SNRE), University of Arizona, 325 Biological Sciences East, Tucson, AZ 85721, USA
Interests: conservation biology of terrestrial vertebrates; behavioral and population ecology; social behavior; forest management; urban wildlife; threatened and endangered species; ecology and conservation of squirrels; climate change
While the value of biodiversity is increasingly appreciated by society, the challenges to stem the losses in biodiversity remain extensive and the timescale short. The pressures experienced by animal populations in the face of global change due to natural and anthropogenic forces are often immense. Persistence of animal populations in the face of environmental changes that alter habitat quality due to climate change, human population pressures and development, invasive species, disease spread, and a myriad of other factors is the issue that confronts many researchers studying biodiversity. The conservation of endangered animal species exemplifies the complexity of the challenges of the future. We must deal with the biological intricacies caused by rarity in numbers in concert with the nuances of habitat conservation and restoration that are influenced by social, economic, and ecological factors. The essays in this volume will detail a diversity of approaches to the challenges with examples of success tempered by a sense of the enormity of future efforts.
Prof. Dr. John L. Koprowski
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- animal conservation
- threatened and endangered species
- conservation biology
- wildlife conservation
- wildlife management
- population viability
- habitat restoration
- red list species
Article: Modelling Niche Differentiation of Co-Existing, Elusive and Morphologically Similar Species: A Case Study of Four Macaque Species in Nakai-Nam Theun National Protected Area, Laos
Animals 2013, 3(1), 45-62; doi:10.3390/ani3010045
Received: 8 January 2013; in revised form: 16 January 2013 / Accepted: 25 January 2013 / Published: 30 January 2013| Download PDF Full-text (327 KB) | Download XML Full-text
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
Title: The Need to Incorporate Uncertainty into Recovery Goals for Endangered Species
Authors: Aaron Haines, Katie Brittingham, Michale S. Scott, Dale Goble, Janet Rachlow and Matt Zak
Affiliation: Department of Biology, Millersville University, Millersville, PA 17551, USA; E-Mail: Aaron.Haines@millersville.edu
Abstract: The purpose of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) of 1973 is to preserve both endangered and threatened species and their ecosystems. Since its enactment, over 1,350 species have been listed under the ESA. Over a thousand of these species have recovery plans specifically written to help in delisting or downlisting the species, over 200 of those have a population size stipulated as a benchmark for recovery. We discuss whether uncertainty associated with population estimates is commonly reported in these recovery documents as a measure of precision. We found that < 6% of all recovery plans reported uncertainty for population estimates. The failure to evaluate and quantify uncertainty associated with population estimates could lead to species being downlisted or delisted before benchmarks are achieved. In order to avoid premature changes in species status we recommend more rigorous approaches when specifying recovery criteria for endangered species.
Title: An Attempt at Captive Breeding in an Endangered Newt, Echinotriton andersoni, from Central Ryukyus in Japan
Authors: Masayuki Sumida 1, Takeshi Igawa 1, Mohammed Mafizul Islam 1, Nozomi Shintani 1, Ryosuke Kakehashi 1, Hirotaka Sugawara 1, Takuma Nishitani 1, Atsushi Kurabayashi 1, Shohei Oumi 2, Seiki Katsuren 3, Miyuki Tado 4 and Tamotsu Fujii 4
1 Institute for Amphibian Biology, Graduate School of Science, Hiroshima University, Higashihiroshima 739-8526, Japan; E-Mail: email@example.com
2 Section of Agriculture and Forestry, Amami City Government
3 Okinawa Prefectural Institute of Health and Environment
4 Faculty of Human Culture & Science, Hiroshima Prefectural University
Abstract: Andersoni’s crocodile newt Echinotriton andersoni is distributed in Central Ryukyus, southern part of Japan. Regrettably, over-hunting and environmental destruction over the last several decades have devastated the populations of this species. This species has therefore been listed as a class II endangered species in IUCN Red List, considered to be facing a very high risk of extinction in the wild, and protected by law in both Okinawa and Kagoshima Prefectures. In the present study we naturally bred this species and tested a farming technique in the laboratory to preserve the endangered species using several male and female pairs of E. andersoni from Okinawa and Tokunoshima Islands in the breeding containers manufactured in the state that is almost biotope. Among 341 eggs derived from 14 females, 283 (83.0%) became normal tail-bud embryos, 242 (71.0%) hatched normally, 213 (62.5%) metamorphosed normally, and 141 (41.3%) became normal 2-month-old newts. Eggs were laid on the slope near the pond in the container in the last two breeding seasons. Larvae were raised in glass Petri dishes that were maintained in a temperature-controlled incubator at 20 °C and fed tubifex. Metamorphosed newts were transferred to plastic containers in a temperature-controlled incubator at 22.5 °C and fed a diet of crickets to grow healthily. For the natural breeding of endangered species, it is possible to apply the natural mating activity for this species using the breeding container in the laboratory. The findings regarding the natural breeding and the raising of larvae and adults are useful for the breeding of endangered species and can be applied to the preservation of wild endangered species.
Last update: 9 November 2012