Creating a public understanding of the biology of the Babirusa (Babyrousa babyrussa) within a caring zoo environment.
Macdonald, Alastair A
Studies of the anatomy, behaviour, physiology, and veterinary medicine of the babirusa have contributed to our understanding of the biology of the animal. The first part of this paper seeks to illustrate by means of examples how studies of the babirusa are currently being carried out. The second part addresses the topic of reporting the results of research studies. The information generated by research can often be translated into ideas and suggestions for the improvement of zoo practice with respect to enclosure design, nutrition, reproduction and veterinary care. However, it is more important that the next step is also addressed, namely the knowledgeable and interesting display of information to the general public.