科学家研究动物的粪便来保护繁殖 分享到:
Saving Species with Feces’, a New Collaborative Effort to Save Endangered Animals 2018-09-1437999

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Researchers are trying to identify the reasons behind the poor population growth of some of Africa’s wild animals including the Grevy and Cape Mountain zebras, a major focus is the endangered black rhino.What we’ve done with the University of Manchester has developed this toolkit to understand why species like black rhino might not be breeding very well and if we could understand that then we can inform management to make decisions to maybe alter the way the animals are being managed to increase reproduction.
研究人员正试图找出一些非洲野生动物数量增长缓慢的原因,包括格里维和开普山斑马。一个主要的焦点是濒危的黑犀牛。我们所做的与曼彻斯特大学开发了此工具包去试图发掘为什么有些物种如黑犀牛繁殖缓慢,如果我们能理解,我们可以通知管理层或改变一下现有的管理动物的方式来增加繁殖。
At the Chester Zoo Lab, researchers are experimenting with a non-invasive method to gather data by using physiological biomarkers present in animal feces.
在切斯特动物园实验室,研究人员正在试验一种非侵入性的方法,通过使用动物粪便中存在的生理生物标记来收集数据。
Through the poo we can see how stress the animals are, what condition they are, their individual health; are they reproducing.The goal of the nearly 1.5 million dollar joint initiative is to develop a strategy to promote natural reproduction.
通过粪便我们可以看到动物的压力有多大,它们的状况如何,它们的个人健康, 它们繁殖情况。这项耗资近150万美元的联合行动的目标是制定一项促进动物自然繁殖的战略。
We do a lot of sample collection in the wild of the animal poo because actually we can know a lot about the disease status, we know about their reproductive status,we know about their diet, we know about their stress levels so actually we can get a holistic picture of the condition of these animals from these samples.
我们用收集的野生动物粪便做了大量的样本,因为实际上我们可以知道很多关于他们疾病状态,他们的生殖状态,我们还知道他们的饮食结构,和压力水平。实际上从这些样本中我们可以全面的了解这些动物的状态。
The researchers hope to take what they’ve learned from captive animals and apply it to wild populations.Increasing animal birth rates is especially important because of the increasing threat from poaching in recent years across sub-Saharan Africa despite efforts by governments and park rangers to stop the illegal practice.
研究人员希望把他们从圈养动物身上学到的东西应用到野生动物身上。近年来,尽管各国政府和公园护林员努力阻止这种非法行为,但非洲撒哈拉沙漠以南地区的偷猎威胁不断增加,因此动物出生率的提高尤为重要。
Mariama Diallo, VOA News.
美国之音新闻,Mariama Diallo报道。

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