Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

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. Prerequisites: BMZA 101. 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