Special Issue "Behavioural Endocrinology: Applications for Wildlife Management"

A special issue of Animals (ISSN 2076-2615). This special issue belongs to the section "Wildlife".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 March 2024 | Viewed by 94

Special Issue Editors

Mammal Research Institute, Natural and Agricultural Sciences, University of Pretoria, Private bag X20, Hatfield 0028, South Africa
Interests: behavioural endocrinology in mammals, reptiles, and birds; address proximate and ultimate questions concerning regulative endocrine mechanisms with links to animal conservation, climate change, human–wildlife conflict, land transformation, and urbanisation
Postdoctoral Researcher, Mammal Research Institute, Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, University of Pretoria, Hatfield 0028, South Africa
Interests: behavioural endocrinology; ecotoxicology; carnivore ecology; wildlife management; non invasive techniques in terrestrial mammals with links to environmental health; endocrine disruption; one health and behavioural ecology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The analysis of hormone patterns is key to understanding basic physiological functioning in wild, captive and domestic animals, as it relates to their reproduction, metabolic activity, health and welfare. Historically, researchers have often exclusively evaluated behavioural patterns associated with fluctuations in environmental conditions, responses to anthropogenic disturbance and adaptations to animal husbandry practices. As behavioural endocrinology combines the disciplines of endocrinology via monitoring physiological biomarkers, behavioural biology and wildlife ecology, advances in the field of endocrinology allow researchers to quantify and assess reproductive and stress-related steroid hormone concentrations in a variety of novel matrixes. The ability to quantify physiological responses to changes in behaviour is a tool that can be applied to improve the welfare of animals in zoological, domestic and free-ranging settings. Additionally, this approach can be combined with ecological, nutritional, ecotoxicological and wildlife management-related research to provide species- and sex-specific information.

This Special Issue invites original research and reviews that highlight studies applying traditional and non-invasive methods to quantify endocrine biomarkers, thereby addressing some of the challenges related to animal husbandry, welfare conservation and population management in wild, captive and domestic animals.

Prof. Dr. Andre Ganswindt
Dr. Webster Andrea
Guest Editors

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  • behaviour
  • endocrinology
  • behavioural endocrinology
  • wildlife
  • wildlife management

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