Course Content and Outcome Guide for BMZA 203

Course Number:
BMZA 203
Course Title:
Zoo Biology & Management IV - Mammals
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Course Description

Examines the diversity of mammalian taxa and how this relates to their captive husbandry and management needs and conservation issues. 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 mammals to a variety of
  • Manage captive populations of mammals in a team environment through the appropriate application of knowledge of their specific biology and husbandry requirements.
  • Advocate for mammalian 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

  • Quizzes and final exam
  • Term paper
  • Conservation action project
  • Participation in class discussions.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Themes, Concepts, & Issues

  • Field conservation
  • Evolution & taxonomy of mammals
  • Mammalian biology
  • Mammal husbandry standards
  • Taxonomy, biology, husbandry, & conservation of:,
    • Monotremes & marsupials
    • Afrotherians,
      • Detailed AZA elephant management
      • Elephants in captivity - current issues
    • Xenarthrans
    • Rodents
    • Lagomorphs
    • Flying Lemurs, Tree Shrews, & Primates,
      • USDA/AWA primate regulations
    • Carnivores
    • Hoofstock
    • Cetaceans,
      • USDA/AWA cetacean regulations
      • Cetaceans in captivity - current issues

Process Skills

  • Locate and demonstrate in-depth understanding of both peer reviewed research and science-based husbandry and conservation information regarding mammals 
  • Clear written and oral presentation of information regarding mammals
  • Develop and carry out an action project to influence a current conservation issue related to a specific theme