Biodiversity & Conservation

, Volume 4, Issue 6, pp 573–594 | Cite as

Wild and zoo animal interactive management and habitat conservation

  • William Conway


This review considers interactive management of wild and zoo populations as a stratesy to support habitat preservation, help sustain key endangered species, and hasten the evolution of zoos and aquaria as proactive conservation organizations. Interactive management supports key species' subpopulations in an integrated fashion, using their study in nature as a way to understand wildlife habitats, ecological processes and conservation threats.

In the face of human increase and habitat destruction, the survival of much wildlife will depend upon the utility of fragments of habitat and the survival of relatively small populations whose habitats are reduced or altered and whose numbers are capped. Under such conditions, interactive wild-captive metapopulation strategies may increase the security of key species.

Captive propagation skills and urban locations pre-adapt zoos as headquarters for nature preservation. Thus, a key objective in zoo evolution is to focus upon the species and its habitat as the unit of conservation, not the species alone.


interactive management zoo evolution habitat preservation conservation costs 


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  • William Conway
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  1. 1.Wildlife Conservation SocietyNew YorkUSA

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