The Chester Zoo runs so many conservation projects I do not have time to list them all, so I will instead highlight just a few programs here.
Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust began and which I went into more detail within another post. With Durrell Chester saves Echo (Mauritius) parakeet Psittacula eques, pink pigeon Columba/Neosonas mayeri, Mauritius kestrel Falco punctatus (also including the Peregrine Fund), Rodrigues fruit bat Pteropus rodricensis, Mauritius fody Foudia rubra, Mauritius olive white-eye Zosterops chloronothus, and other endangered local species. Chester Zoo is making a difference within the Mascarenes; they send zoo keepers and animal managers there to assist local conservation efforts, captive breed their endangered species at Chester Zoo, and release those captive bred animals back into their native habitat, .
Partnered to many Philippine conservation organizations (including the Cebu Biodiversity Conservation Foundation (CBCF), Katala, Negros Forests and Ecological Foundation Inc. (NFEFI), and the Philippines Biodiversity Conservation Foundation Inc. (PBCFI)), Chester Zoo saves endangered Philippine endemics. They captive rear animals for eventual release when threats have been reduced, sponsor rangers, support Philippine captive rearing facilities, and other vital regional conservation work. Chester Zoo also captive breeds critically endangered Philippine cockatoos (or red-vented cockatoo) Cacatua haematuropygia, a parrot which was once common but since large-sale deforestation throughout its range and the pet trade's impacts now only numbers ~1,000 individuals, an estimated 60-90% decrease. Synthesizing local conservation organizations' work and international organizations' (like Chester Zoo and BirdLife International) support hopefully their threats can be ended. Chester Zoo also breeds critically endangered Visayan warty pigs Sus cebifrons, which have been completely exterminated off half the islands where it formerly lived and which is disappearing rapidly due to continued habitat loss and high illegal hunting levels, endangered Philippine spotted deer Rusa alfredi which is threatened by habitat loss, illegal hunting, and the pet trade, critically endangered Philippine crocodiles Crocodylus mindorensis which have only ~100 wild adults left, and endangered Visayan tarictic hornbills Penelopides panini which are also threatened through large-scale deforestation and illegal hunting.
|Frog by Ben, age 11|
Mountain chicken tadpoles hanging onto mom's backThe Chester Zoo does an excellent conservation job, but could use your support. If you like what you've read concerning them, do send them some money.
Want to see photos or videos of Rodrigues fruit bats?
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Want to learn more? Check out the following books:
Walker's Bats of the World is taken from Walker's Mammals of the World (which I also highly recommend getting if you love mammals- a brilliant set) and covers everything that is known of every species of bat on Earth. If you are really into bats, this is currently the best book out there covering the entire Chiroptera order.
Bat Ecology by Thomas Kunz & M. Brock Fenton will take you to the next level in understanding bats, their roles in their environments, and how they interact with them.
Ecological and Behavioral Methods for the Study of Bats by Thomas Kunz & Stuart Parsons is for the bat researcher and details everything you need to know about studying bats. This book would definitely be for you only if you have become completely fixated on bats (or, of course, if you're studying them.)
The Handbook of the Birds of the World: Volume 2 New World Vultures to Guineafowl. This volume covers the Falconiformes and the Galliformes. Again, simply astonishing.
The Handbook of the Birds of the World: Volume 15 Weavers to New World Warblers. This volume covers the fodies and 6 other passerine families- again, simply amazing.
The Handbook of the Birds of the World: Volume 6 Mousebirds to Hornbills. This volume covers the hornbills and other Coraciiformes, the mousebirds, and the trogons.
The Hornbills by Alan Kemp is part of the incredible series on the bird families of the world by the Oxford University Press. Hard to find since it's out of print and not cheap, but the best summary of the family available.
The Ecology & Conservation of Asian Hornbills: Farmers of the Forest by Margaret Kinnaird and Timothy O'Brien is a very accessible book on Asian hornbill ecology and is well worth reading.
Manual to the Conservation of Asian Hornbills, edited by Pilai Poonswad and Alan Kemp (the two biggest names in hornbill research globally) is an excellent book and is definitely written for the scientist or extremely enthusiastic enthusiast.
The Asian Hornbills: Ecology and Conservation, edited by Pilai Poonswad is another excellent book written for scientists and chock full of magnificent information about Asian hornbills.
Raptors of the World by James Ferguson-Lees and David Christie is an incredibly comprehensive collation of all of the raptors of the world. It comes in two forms: a small (320 pages) version that is essentially a field guide, and a larger (992 pages) version with everything you could ever want to know about each species. Be sure you are purchasing the one that you mean to get.