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Contraception Surveys

Web-Based Contraception Survey

All contraceptive use in wildlife is considered experimental, therefore it is critical that records be kept on each species treated, the method used, dose, date started, date ended, presence of opposite-sex in group, signs of estrous behavior, birth dates of any offspring born, abortions, date of death if an individual dies during treatment, and any other pertinent observations. Records must be included in the AZA Reproductive Management Center Database. The resulting data will form the basis of the FDA reports and of Reproductive Management Center Recommendations. Failure to complete the Contraception Survey will result in suspension from the trials. Survey information can be updated online at any time. Periodically, survey reports are mailed to institutions requesting updates for any incomplete information in the database. Surveys specific for the MGA feed program will be mailed twice a year. Any questions regarding the Contraception Survey should be directed to:

Ashley Franklin, Program Analyst
AZA Reproductive Management Center
Saint Louis Zoo
1 Government Drive
St. Louis, MO 63110 USA
314-646-4732; Fax: 314-646-5534
franklin@stlzoo.org

Hormone Monitoring

Monitoring hormones is a useful tool to aid in contraception. By analyzing hormone assays efficacy can be measured revealing to the RMC and the institution details on suppression. Reversibility can also be tracked through hormones. Though hormone monitoring is not required with contraception treatment it is encouraged.