363 lecture 30-2008, Asian elephants vortex

363 lecture 30-2008, Asian elephants vortex - Modeling...

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Modeling population viability of captive elephants in Myanmar (Burma) - implications for wild populations - National Zoological Park Smithsonian Institution
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Asian Elephants Population estimates (worldwide): Wild ≈ 25,000 – 30,000 Captivity ≈ 16,000 Both populations declining Very little systematic data on wild populations or demography of captive herds
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Myanmar (Burma)
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Myanmar (Burma) Populations estimates: Captive ≈ 6,000 Wild ≈ <2,000 – 6,000 Half of captive population government owned (Myanma Timber Enterprise)
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Objectives 1. Are Myanmar’s captive elephant populations self-sustaining? 2. How do observed patterns of mortality and breeding influence the captive population? 3. What level of supplementation from the wild is needed to sustain the captive population? 4. What is the future extinction risk for the wild population based on past and present rates of live-capture to supplement captive populations?
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Objective 1: Are Myanmar’s captive elephant populations self-sustaining?
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