Environmental Science & Sustainability

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Concentration Objectives

After successfully completing this program, a student will be able to:

  • Effectively contribute to the contemporary role of zoos in  ex situ and in situ conservation efforts and in environmental education
  • Describe the role of, and successfully apply the principles of, animal behavior research in captive animal management
  • Describe the rationale, function, and limitations of species survival plans and studbooks for limited captive populations in zoo setting
  • Understand the accreditation process for zoos and aquaria in the U.S. and effectively participate in accreditation-related continuous improvement
  • Apply basic  principles of husbandry and management of captive animals
  • Describe the rationale and assessment of environmental enrichment as a management technique in zoos; design and implement environmental enrichment techniques
  • Describe and apply the principles of collaboration among zoo professionals, including administrative, animal care, veterinary, and research personnel
  • Work with veterinary staff within the special conditions that apply to care of captive exotic animals, especially endangered species
  • Correctly manage and coordinate behavioral and husbandry data collected in zoo settings
  • Understand the dynamic of small populations and apply these principles to maintain genetic diversity and proper demography in the management of captive animals
  • Design and execute research projects in captive animal populations, addressing a scientific question or practical problem in a zoo setting
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