Department of Evolutionary Zoology and Human Biology
University of Debrecen
Magyarul  |  in English
Conservational Zoology


Number of lessons per week: 2+0+0
Credit: 3
Entry requirement: –
Lecturer: István Nyilas, dr. (associate professor)
Testing: end-term exam

The aims of the course: To lay the foundations of practical protection of the animal world from a scientific aspect. To study the life history and habitats of protected animals.

The subject of the course: Basics of Conservational Zoology. International laws in animal protection. Methods of fauna measurement and their conservational importance. The Red Book of IUCN. Protected species of different continents and their biology. Protected animals in Europe and their life history. Protection of species and habitats. Habitat types of protected species. Hungary's zoological values and protected species, their biology and life history. Endemic animals. Relict species. Extinct or eliminated animal species. Animals threatened by extinction. Animal species under moderate and long-term protection. Highly protected animal species and their biology (Invertebrata: Gastropoda, Insecta, Vertebrata: Pisces, Amphibia, Aves, Mammalia). International conservational organizations and their activities.

Required reading:
Ángyán J., Tardy J. & V. Madarassy A. (szerk.) 2003. Védett és érzékeny területek mezőgazdaságának alapjai.
Mezőgazda Kiadó, Budapest.
Craig WA. 1990. International Handbook of National Parks and Nature Reserves. Greenwood Press, New York.
Ehrlich P. & Ehrlich A. 1995. A fajok kihalása. A pusztulás okai és következményei. Göncöl Kiadó, Budapest.
IUCN 1996. 1996 IUCN Red List of Threatened Animals. IUCN, Gland, Switzerland.
Leakey R. & Lewin R. 1996. The Sixth Extinction: Patters of Life and the Future of Humankind. Doubleday, Anchor, New York.
Mahunka S. (ed.) 1981, 1983. The Fauna of the Hortobágy National Park. I-II. Akadémiai Kiadó, Budapest.
Mahunka S. (ed.) 1986, 1987. The Fauna of the Kiskunság National Park. I-II. Akadémiai Kiadó, Budapest.
Mahunka S. (ed.) 1991. The Bátorliget Nature Reserves -after forty years. I-II. HNHM, Budapest.
Mahunka S. (ed.) 1993, 1996. The Fauna of the Bükk National Park I-II. MTM, Budapest.
Nyilas I. előadásainak anyaga
Rakonczay Z. 1990. Vörös könyv. A Magyarországon kipusztult és veszélyeztetett növény- és állatfajok. Akadémiai Kiadó, Budapest.


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