Cheetahs: Biology And Conservation: Biodiversity Of The World: Conservation From Genes To Landscapes by Philip J. NyhusCheetahs: Biology And Conservation: Biodiversity Of The World: Conservation From Genes To Landscapes by Philip J. Nyhus

Cheetahs: Biology And Conservation: Biodiversity Of The World: Conservation From Genes To Landscapes

byPhilip J. NyhusEditorLaurie Marker, Lorraine K. Boast

Hardcover | November 28, 2017

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Cheetahs: Biodiversity of the World: Conservation from Genes to Landscapesreports on the science and conservation of the cheetah both in situ and ex situ, covering such aspects of cheetah biology and ecology as demography, density and feeding behavior; genetic makeup and disease risks; and home range requirements and spatial utilization. The volume includes a broad range of topics, demonstrating the interdisciplinary nature of research and conservation efforts. The book begins with chapters on the unique physiology of this species, followed by the taxonomy and genetic status of the cheetah, leading into their behavior and ecology.

The book features contributions on the current and evolving threats to the species, which include habitat loss, declining prey base, human-wildlife conflict with livestock, illegal trade and newly-emerging threats, notably climate change. Cheetahs have been studied through physical examination, laboratory analysis, radio-tracking and human perceptions. Considerable progress has been made in developing strategies to improve their status, including changing farmers' attitudes and other efforts that have resulted in greater tolerance for the cheetah.

Status reports from around the regions are included as well as a better understanding of how international conventions (CITES, CMS, etc.), and the IUCN Cat Specialist Group have assisted in conservation planning. A section on conservation strategies begins with an overview of the similarities and challenges rural livestock farming communities play in assuring the cheetah's long-term survival, and continues by including several case studies of successful conservation programs in various countries throughout the cheetah's range. Chapters on the long-term research and role of captive cheetahs to conservation of the species are included, such as disease studies and reproductive strategies by North American and European experts on the subjects.

Cover photograph by Angela Scott

  • Features contributions edited and written by the world's leading cheetah researchers and practitioners, focused on this high-profile species of conservation concern
  • Presents the latest in cheetah research and conservation efforts globally, furthering range-wide conservation plans for the cheetah both in the wild and in captivity
  • Includes contributions from a variety of disciplinary and scale perspectives, ranging from genetics/evolution and ecology to behavior, toxicology, large landscape conservation, conflict and policy
  • Helps lay a foundation for the cheetah community worldwide by assembling and making available current knowledge of the species not only to cheetah researchers and conservationists, but to policy makers, business leaders, zoo managers, academics and students
Philip Nyhus is Director of the Environmental Studies Program at Colby College in Maine, USA. His interdisciplinary research bridges the natural and social sciences to address human interactions with the environment, including endangered species conservation and recovery, human-wildlife conflict, large landscape conservation, and spati...
Title:Cheetahs: Biology And Conservation: Biodiversity Of The World: Conservation From Genes To LandscapesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:596 pages, 9.41 × 7.24 × 0.98 inPublished:November 28, 2017Publisher:Academic PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0128040882

ISBN - 13:9780128040881

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Table of Contents


Section 1: the Cheetah

1. A Brief History of Cheetah Conservation

2. History of the Cheetah Human Relationship

3. The Cheetah: Evolutionary History and Paleoecology

4. Cheetah Rangewide Status and Distribution

5. Asiatic Cheetahs in Iran: Decline, Current Status and Threats

6. Conservation Genetics of the Cheetah: Genetic History and Implications for Conservation

7. Cheetah Specialization: Physiology and Morphology

8. Ecology of Free-Ranging Cheetahs

9. Behavior and Communication of Free-Ranging Cheetahs

Section 2: Conservation Threats

10. Drivers of Habitat Loss and Fragmentation: Implications for the Design of Landscape Linkages for Cheetahs

11. The Status of Key Prey Species and the Consequences of Prey Loss for Cheetah Conservation in North and West Africa

12. The Impact of Climate Change on the Conservation and Survival of the Cheetah

13. The Costs and Causes of Human-Cheetah Conflict on Livestock and Game Farms

14. Pets and Pelts: Understanding and Combating Poaching and Trafficking in Cheetahs

Section 3: Conservation Solutions

15. Use of Livestock Guarding Dogs to Reduce Human-Cheetah Conflict

16. Improved and Alternative Livelihoods: Links Between Poverty Alleviation, Biodiversity and Cheetah Conservation

17. Coordination of Large Landscapes for Cheetah Conservation

18. Cheetah Conservation and Educational Programs

19. Protected Areas for Cheetah Conservation

20. Cheetah Translocation and Reintroduction Programs: Past, Present, and Future

21. Global Cheetah Conservation Policy: A Review of International Law and Enforcement

Section 4: Captive Cheetahs

22. History of Cheetahs in Zoos and Demographic Trends Through Managed Captive Breeding Programs

23. The Role of Zoos in Cheetah Conservation: Integrating Ex Situ and In Situ Conservation Action

24. Clinical Management of Captive Cheetahs

25. Diseases Impacting Captive and Free-Ranging Cheetahs

26. Nutritional Considerations for Captive Cheetahs

27. Reproductive Physiology of the Cheetah and Assisted Reproductive Techniques

28. Communicating the Conservation Message Using Ambassador Cheetahs to Connect, Teach, and Inspire

Section 5: Techniques and Analyses

29. The Use of Remote Camera Trapping to Study Cheetahs: Past Reflections and Future Directions

30. Spoor Tracking to Monitor Cheetah Populations

31. Mining Black Gold Insights from Cheetah Scat Using Noninvasive Techniques in the Field and Laboratory: Scat-Detection Dogs, Genetic Assignment, Diet and Hormone Analyses

32. Field Methods for Visual and Remote Monitoring of the Cheetah

33. Capture, Care, Collaring, and Collection of Biomedical Samples in Free-Ranging Cheetahs

34. Citizen Science in Cheetah Research

35. Social Science Methods to Study Human Cheetah Interactions

36. Spatial and Landscape Analysis: Applications for Cheetah Conservation

37. Now You See them, Soon You Won't: Statistical and Mathematical Models for Cheetah Conservation Management

38. A Review of Population Viability Analysis and Its Use in Cheetah Conservation

Section 6: The Future

39. The Conservation Status of the Cheetah

40. What Does the Future Hold for the Cheetah?