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Hormone analysis helps identify horny rhinos
Date:8/22/2014

ccess of breeding programmes.

Non-breeding females were also found to be more unpredictable in their overall temperaments.

Dr Susanne Shultz from the Faculty of Life Sciences at The University of Manchester was the academic supervisor for the project. She says: "This research highlights how rhinos can behave in a different manner despite being kept in similar conditions. We think this demonstrates that it is important to recognise individual differences and adjust management plans accordingly to maximise the health and reproduction across all individuals in the population."

Dr Sue Walker, Head of Applied Science at Chester Zoo, oversaw the project. She concludes: "Poaching in the wild is a serious threat to the rhino; therefore it is important for us to understand the factors that can influence reproductive success. We established the project to understand why some individuals breed well, while others do not. The idea is that with a better understanding of factors that affect reproduction, we know where we should be focusing our efforts to support the European-wide breeding programme for this critically endangered species."


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Contact: Alison Barbuti/Morwenna Grills
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