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Scholars Day: April 11, 2012

The Benefits of Preventive Medicine in Zoos: A Retrospective Study of Mammalian Mortality at the Seneca Park Zoo from 2001 to 2011

Preventive medicine aims to prevent diseases before they occur rather than treating them. This approach is common in zoos because wild animals can't be treated like humans or companion animals. The purpose of this study is to determine if the use of preventative medicine in a zoo is beneficial for mammals. Mammalian longevity and death over the past ten years at the Seneca Park Zoo in Rochester, New York was categorized in an attempt to demonstrate that using a preventive medicine approach in zoos results in a higher quality and healthier life for the resident mammals. The data shows that two thirds of the animals died from geriatric related causes such as degenerative, infection associated with age, and cancer related deaths rather than trauma, restraint, anesthesia, neonatal, other infectious, unknown, or husbandry related diseases/causes. The principal results from this research indicate that preventative medicine has beneficial outcomes for mammals in a zoo setting.

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Presenter: Kyle Walker (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Biology
Location: 217 Hartwell
Time: 4 pm Session V