Reproductive Sciences in Animal Conservation

  • Pierre Comizzoli
  • Janine L. Brown
  • William V. Holt

Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 1200)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Pierre Comizzoli, Janine L. Brown, William V. Holt
    Pages 1-10
  3. Survival and Adaptation of Species in a Changing Environment

  4. Progress in Understanding, Assisting, or Suppressing Reproduction in Wild Species

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 241-241
    2. Meghan S. Martin-Wintle, David C. Kersey, Nathan J. P. Wintle, Copper Aitken-Palmer, Megan A. Owen, Ronald R. Swaisgood
      Pages 275-308
    3. John C. Rodger
      Pages 309-325
    4. J. Clulow, R. Upton, V. L. Trudeau, S. Clulow
      Pages 413-463
    5. Linda M. Penfold, Jennifer T. Wyffels
      Pages 465-488
    6. Mary Hagedorn, Rebecca Spindler, Jonathan Daly
      Pages 489-505
    7. Pierre Comizzoli, Janine L. Brown, William V. Holt
      Pages 545-550
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 551-559

About this book


This second edition emphasizes the environmental impact on reproduction, with updated chapters throughout as well as complete new chapters on species such as sharks and rays. This is a wide-ranging book that will be of relevance to anyone involved in species conservation, and provides critical perspectives on the real utility of current and emerging reproductive sciences.

Understanding reproductive biology is centrally important to the way many of the world’s conservation problems should be tackled. Currently the extinction problem is huge, with up to 30% of the world’s fauna being expected to disappear in the next 50 years. Nevertheless, it has been estimated that the global population of animals in zoos encompasses 12,000 – 15,000 species, and we anticipate that every effort will be made to preserve these species for as long as possible, minimizing inbreeding effects and providing the best welfare standards available. Even if the reproductive biology community cannot solve the global biodiversity crisis for all wild species, we should do our best to maintain important captive populations.                

Reproductive biology in this context is much more than the development of techniques for helping with too little or too much breeding. While some of the relevant techniques are useful for individual species that society might target for a variety of reasons, whether nationalistic, cultural or practical, technical developments have to be backed up by thorough biological understanding of the background behind the problems.


Reproductive Biology Species conservation Conservation Reproductive Technologies Cryopreservation Extinction

Editors and affiliations

  • Pierre Comizzoli
    • 1
  • Janine L. Brown
    • 2
  • William V. Holt
    • 3
  1. 1.Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, National Zoological ParkWashington, DCUSA
  2. 2.Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, National Zoological ParkFront RoyalUSA
  3. 3.Academic Unit of Reproductive and Developmental MedicineThe University of SheffieldSheffieldUK

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