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Course module: B-MZCB
Zoo Conservation Biology
Course info
Course codeB-MZCB
ECTS Credits6
Category / LevelM (Master)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byFaculty of Science; Graduate School of Life Sciences; Graduate School of Life Sciences;
Contact persondr. M.J.H.M. Duchateau
Telephone+31 30 2535435
Contactperson for the course
dr. M.J.H.M. Duchateau
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dr. J.J.M. Pereboom
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Teaching period
W41A  (08/10/2018 to 02/11/2018)
Teaching period in which the course begins
Time slot-: Not in use
Study mode
RemarkDate course: 8-10-2018 till 2-11-2018. Registration by
Course application processadministratie onderwijsinstituut
Enrolling through OSIRISYes
Enrolment open to students taking subsidiary coursesNo
Post-registration openfrom 15/08/2018 up to and including 08/10/2018
Waiting listYes
Course placement processdocent
After completing the module the student is able to:
• find relevant papers
• applicate biological principles for zoo conservation
• discuss management of captive settings
• discuss management in field conservation programs
• use the computerprogram PMx
• give a lecture on a topic of zoo conservation
Conservation Biology is a relatively new multidisciplinary field in biology which focuses on biological principles and their applications for the preservation of species and habitats, biodiversity conservation in general and the maintenance of equilibrium within ecosystems. It represents a fusion of relevant ideas from ecology, population biology, genetics, biogeography, behaviour and a number of applied disciplines such as wildlife management and forestry. Zoo Conservation Biology specifically approaches this broad field of research from a zoo perspective, and this course will mainly focus on areas of interest that are related to small population management in captive settings and in field conservation programs.
This course is part of the Master in Environmental Biology at Utrecht University specialization programme Behavioural Ecology.
Entry requirements
You must have a valid study entrance permit
Prerequisite knowledge
Bachelor of science in the same field
Required materials
Introduction to Conservation Genetics - 2nd Edition (2010) Richard Frankham, Macquarie University, Sydney, Jonathan D. Ballou, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, David A. Briscoe, Macquarie University, Sydney (ISBN-13: 9780521702713)
Zoo Animals. Behaviour, Management and Welfare (2009) Geoff Hosey, Vicky Melfi, and Sheila Pankhurst. 688 pages ISBN 978-0-19-923306-9
Building A Future for Wildlife (2010) : Zoos and Aquariums Committed to Biodiversity Conservation. ISBN 978-3-033-02234-8. A copy of this book (courtesy of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums) will be provided for use during the course.
Instructional formats
Computer practical

Group work


Final result
Test weight100
Minimum grade-

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