Course Content and Outcome Guide for BMZA 202
- Posted by:
- Joyce Kaplan
- Course Number:
- BMZA 202
- Course Title:
- Zoo Bio & Mgmt III - Birds
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Course DescriptionExamines the diversity of avian taxa and how this relates to their captive husbandry and management needs and conservation issues. Prerequisite: BMZA 101. Department permission required. Audit available.
Intended Outcomes for the course
Upon successful completion, students should be able to:
- Effectively research and communicate information about a diversity of birds to a variety of audiences.
- Manage captive populations of birds in a team environment through the appropriate application of knowledge of their specific biology and husbandry requirements.
- Advocate for avian conservation programs
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.
Outcome Assessment Strategies
- Demonstrates familiarity with the avian taxa with special emphasis on those species maintained in captivity
- Participate in and contribute to all class and team discussions and activities.
- Assignments, projects, and term paper
- Quizzes and exams.
Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)
- Diversity in structure, function and behavior of birds with special emphasis on those species kept in captivity
- Scientific based animal management.
- Successfully managing sustained captive populations
- Application of genetics to animal reproduction to maintain genetically diverse captive populations
- The use of contraception to prevent births where no facilities exist to house the animals.
- Role of Species Survival Plans and taxon based advisory groups in maintaining genetically diverse stock.
- Shipments and transfer of animals between institutions
- Safe introductions of new animals to already populated existing exhibits
- Critical nature of animal record keeping.
- Educating the public about the importance of maintaining genetically diverse captive populations of animals.
- Dealing with the lack of baby animals for public viewing when contraception is called for.
- Transfer of animals to other institutions that are popular with zoo visitors
- Dealing with individuals who fail to recognize the vital role of zoos in maintaining exotic species
- Critical analysis of papers and case studies dealing with the successful management of sustained captive populations
- Clear written and oral presentation of information