Conservation Physiology – an emerging area in wildlife conservation
Advanced • Conservation physiology, Non-invasive, Fecal hormones, Reproduction, Stress • 30 Seats • Short • Starts at 14:00 – 16:30 on DAY 4
Conservation physiology, endocrine studies that can contribute conservation of wildlife, a newly recognized discipline draws on a wide range of existing research areas, including theoretical, diagnostic and management studies by enhancing the survival and reproduction of threatened animals. Accurate information about the reproductive biology and health of a species is necessary for the effective management of animals in captivity and wild. With the advent of non-invasive hormone analysis using fecal samples, it is indeed possible to monitor faecal estrogen, progestogen, glucocorticoid and androgen metabolites levels to assess the reproductive status and stress levels of wild animals both on a short and long-term basis. There have been many reports available on hormone monitoring in wild animals using fecal samples, which helped wildlife managers for better management and conservation of endangered animals in captivity and wild. In the workshop, we will be discussing in detail about various procedures/methods involved in non-invasive hormone analysis and recent research findings in the area.