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Experimental Approaches to Conservation Biology$
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Malcolm Gordon

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780520240247

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520240247.001.0001

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Endocrinology and the Conservation of New Zealand Birds

Endocrinology and the Conservation of New Zealand Birds

(p.101) 7 Endocrinology and the Conservation of New Zealand Birds
Experimental Approaches to Conservation Biology

John F. Cockrem

Dominic C. Adams

Ellen J. Bennett

E. Jane Candy

Emma J. Hawke

Sharon J. Henare

Murray A. Potter

University of California Press

Endocrine studies can address questions in reproductive biology that are relevant to conservation. This chapter presents case studies on the endocrinology and conservation of two New Zealand birds: the northern brown kiwi (Apteryx mantelli) and the kakapo (Strigops habroptilus). It begins with an analysis of corticosterone levels in the northern brown kiwi to provide objective data on stress and stress responses in captive kiwi. It then describes methods for producing recombinant kakapo hormones to stimulate breeding. Finally, it discusses some of the challenges in the application of conservation endocrinology to the management of critically endangered species.

Keywords:   reproductive biology, endocrinology, northern brown kiwi, Apteryx mantelli, kakapo, Strigops habroptilus, corticosterone, stress, breeding, conservation endocrinology

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