By Stephen Jackson
Winner of the 2004 Whitley Medal. Shortlisted within the Scholarly Reference component to the 2004 Australian Awards for Excellence in academic Publishing. This authoritative quantity represents an entire and accomplished consultant to the husbandry of Australian marsupials and different mammals. Australian Mammals: Biology and Captive administration dedicates a bankruptcy to every workforce of animals together with the platypus, the echidna, carnivorous marsupials, numbats, bandicoots and bilbies, koalas, wombats, possums and gliders, macropods, bats, rodents and the dingo. for every animal crew the subsequent info is roofed: Biology Housing trap and reticence delivery nutrition Breeding synthetic rearing Behaviour and behavioural enrichment The publication presents an entire literature evaluation of all identified info at the biology of every crew of animals and brings info on their biology within the wild into captive events. additionally, for the 1st time, it offers functional instructions for hand-rearing, and has been broadly reviewed by means of zookeepers and veterinarians to include the main updated info and methods.
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1 Daily health checks Each platypus should be observed daily if possible, preferably while swimming, for any signs of injury or 11 12 Australian Mammals: Biology and Captive Management illness. Check they are moving, swimming and feeding well. The most appropriate time to do this is generally throughout the day from the public observation area. Cleaning the windows is a good time to do this, or while weighing, if handled daily. 2 below). 1 Chemical restraint Gaseous anaesthesia is preferable and is usually undertaken with isoflurane administered by mask, T-piece and isotec vaporiser using 5% for induction and 2% for maintenance, with an oxygen flow rate of 1L/ minute (Booth 1999).
Base substrate in display tanks should be replaced when it becomes soiled. Off-display tanks should be drained, cleaned and refilled daily if not equipped with a system for filtering recirculated water. Cleaning other off-display facilities such as natural ponds may not be necessary. The condition of nesting material in non-breeding nest boxes should be checked regularly. The presence of damp nesting material is not of major concern, as long as it is not soaking wet and the platypus also has access to dry material.
1 Wild Both males and females can breed from two years of age until death. 2 Captivity Platypus have only been bred and raised to adulthood, to date, on four occasions in captivity. These have occurred at Healesville Sanctuary on three occasions and once at Taronga Zoo (Table 4). The first birth was at Healesville Sanctuary in the summer of 1943–1944 and the most recent was during the summer of 2002–2003 at Taronga Zoo. In 1972 a young platypus was found dead at the entrance to the burrow at approximately 50 days of age at Fleay’s Fauna Park in Burleigh Heads, Queensland.
Australian Mammals: Biology and Captive Management by Stephen Jackson