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Thomas, Patrick R.

Curator of Mammals, Bronx Zoo, Wildlife Conservation Society

Affiliation/Department
Wildlife Conservation Society
Education
Ph.D., Biology, Fordham University, 1996
Telephone
718-220-7111
Research Description

Pat Thomas has spent his professional career in the conservation and husbandry of mammals, specializing in behavioral ecology and reproduction, and developing protocols to ensure the long-term persistence and genetic viability of captive populations. He is a firm believer in utilizing WCS’s captive collections to enhance the management and conservation of wild populations.

Recent projects include an evaluation of various scent attractants to non-invasively collect hair samples from African felids for DNA analyses, a comparison of the efficacy of oral vs. intramuscular canine distemper vaccines in African wild dogs as a means of potentially providing disease protection for this highly endangered canid, and an assessment of the short- and long-term consequences of live-shearing wild guanacos, which is being tested as a possible conservation strategy.

Research Keywords: Applied ethology; captive propagation; mammalogy

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