Gippoliti, Spartaco and Kitchener, Andrew C (2007) The italian zoological gardens and their role in mammal systematic studies, conservation biology and museum collections. Hystrix, the Italian Journal of Mammalogy, 18 (2). pp. 173-184. ISSN 1825-5272

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The opportunities offered to scientific research by living mammal collections are generally overlooked in Italy. This paper presents a short historical overview of the scientific investigations done on captive mammals from Italian zoos, especially those concerning taxonomic research. A glimpse of the opportunities offered by zoo specimens for scientific research is presented utilising examples from the National Museums Scotland. The importance of increasing care in the identification of individual animals by studbook and ISIS numbers is also highlighted. We argue that a stronger collaboration between zoos, museums and universities is needed to maximise the scientific and conservation value of Italian mammal collections.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Full text freely available at official URL.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Taxonomy, Zoological Gardens, Natural History Museums, Conservation
Subjects: Q Science > QL Zoology
Q Science > QH Natural history
Theme: Understanding the natural world
Department: Natural Sciences
Depositing User: Mark Glancy
Date Deposited: 06 Apr 2010 09:54
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2017 16:06

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