Undergraduate Honors Thesis Projects
Date of Award
Zoo and Conservation Science-BS
Biology & Earth Science
Dr. Anna Young
First Committee Member
Dr. Anna Young
Second Committee Member
Dr. Andrew Calinger-Yoak
Third Committee Member
Dr. Margaret Koehler
wildlife rehabilitation, release rate, outcome, prediction factors
Animal Sciences | Veterinary Medicine
Wildlife rehabilitation is a large and internationally known field with thousands of rehabilitators around the world. Resources, such as time and money, are extremely limited in rehabilitation facilities and not all animals are candidates for release due to injuries or illnesses that make them unlikely to survive in the wild. Understanding what factors predict release would be useful in focusing limited resources, but there has been little investigation previously. The purpose of this study is to determine what factors affect the survival of mammals and birds at an American Midwest wildlife rehabilitation center. It was found that animals admitted with trauma and fracture or injuries to the skull, hindlimb/pelvis, spine/tail, or nervous system had low rates of release. Weight was also a factor of release for young mammals; animals that were below average weight for their life stage were less likely to be released. This data may be of use in improving triage techniques in the American Midwest and abroad.
Smith, Abigail E., "Prediction Factors for Release of Wildlife at a Midwestern Rehabilitation Facility" (2018). Undergraduate Honors Thesis Projects. 69.