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Fly Away Home: A collaborative program to return rehabilitated black cockatoos to the wild in Western Australia

Le Souëf, A., Vitali, S., Dawson, R., Shephard, J.M. and Warren, K.S.ORCID: 0000-0002-9328-2013 (2019) Fly Away Home: A collaborative program to return rehabilitated black cockatoos to the wild in Western Australia. In: Kaufman, A.B., Bashaw, M.J. and Maple, T.L., (eds.) Scientific Foundations of Zoos and Aquariums: Their Role in Conservation and Research. Cambridge University Press, pp. 327-338.

Link to Published Version: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108183147.013
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Abstract

Every year, over 250 endangered black cockatoos are hospitalized at the Perth Zoo Veterinary Department for illness and injuries, mostly related to vehicle strike. After hospital treatment, birds are returned to fitness at special black cockatoo rehabilitation centers. Social grouping and fitness for release are carefully managed by state wildlife officers before the birds are returned to the wild. Evaluating the success of this program has recently been made possible by the attachment of tiny satellite tracking devices to the tail feathers of released birds. This is the first time such technology has been used to gauge the success of a cockatoo rehabilitation program, and has revealed fascinating insights into the post-release behaviors and movements of these iconic birds.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Murdoch Affiliation(s): College of Science, Health, Engineering and Education
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/66182
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