Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
BMZA 150
Course Title:
Captive Population Management
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Course Description

Introduces basic principles of captive population management including reproductive and genetic management, animal relocations, and collection and regional planning with the use of studbooks and various cooperative groups. Department permission required. Prerequisites: BMZA 101. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion, students should be able to:

  • Manage captive populations of a variety of species through the appropriate application of basic population management principles - including those related to reproductive and genetic management and animal relocations. and collection and regional planning with the use of studbooks and various cooperative groups.
  • Use collection and regional planning, studbooks and various cooperative breeding and advisory groups to
    maintain healthy and genetically diverse captive populations.

Course Activities and Design

The format for this course is traditional lecture presentations and class discussions. Lecture will be presented utilizing a variety of multimedia and interactive presentations.  Computer simulation of population modeling and breeding plans will be included.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  • Participate in and contribute to class discussions involving scientific studies on the course topics, and class population management modeling activities.
  • Written homework assignments utilizing case studies to promote a deeper understanding of current research and methodology in this field.
  • Quizzes and exams..

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Themes, Concepts, & Issues

  • Reproductive anatomy & endocrinology
  • Gametogenesis & fertilization
  • Pregnancy (detection, gestation, placentation, parturition)
  • Lambing - Rock Creek Farm
  • Lactation
  • AI & Assisted reproductive technologies
  • Contraception
  • Collection planning
  • Genetic Diversity
  • Small population issues - inbreeding, minimum viable populations
  • Captive population management - software modeling
  • SSP meetings
  • Animal acquisitions, dispositions, and transfers
  • Program animal management

Technical Skills

  • Read, understand, and professionally discuss technical papers dealing with zoo animal reproductive and captive population management
  • Develop potential solutions for case studies of problems in the field of captive population management and present in clear written format
  • Use captive population modeling software
  • Negotiate animal breeding and transfer plans in a team environment