European Elephant Management

Dr. Michael Flügger

Internet: http://www.HAGENBECK.de

Dr. med. vet. Michael Flügger, born 05.09.1961, studied veterinary medicine at the Veterinary University of Hannover from October 1983 until November 1988.
He started his thesis in 1989 at Hannover Zoo and the institute for microbiology and infectious diseases Veterinary University of Hannover.

From December 1989 until September 1991 he worked as veterinarian at Saarbrücken Zoo.
June 1991 finalisation of the thesis with a Dr. med. vet degree.

Since December 1991 Michael Flügger works as a zoo veterinarian and mammal curator at Tierpark Hagenbeck (Hamburg). During these years one of his main tasks were elephant-breeding and medical treatment of elephants. His unique experience with the fields elephant births and breeding result from his personal assistance of fourteen Asian Elephant births in the Tierpark Hagenbeck.

In January 1996 Michael Flügger specialised in zoo- and wild-animal medicine.
Since 2000 he is elected member of the Asian Elephant EEP Species Committee.

The „1st Asian-Elephant-Birth-Meeting“ initiated and organised by Michael Flügger, was held in Hamburg in February 2000.

His fifteen years of experience of zoo related veterinary work resulted in more than 20 publications on different topics of zoo-animal-medicine. Ten of these articles deal with elephant medicine.

Publications

Flügger M. Erfahrungen vor, während und nach den Geburten zweier Asiatischer Elefanten (Elephas maximus indicus). Verh.ber.Arbeitstg.Zootierärzte im deutschsprach. Raum 1992, 12, 55-59.

Flügger M. Erfahrungen mit dem Einsatz von Azaperon (Stresnil®) und Perphenazin (Decentan depot ®) bei Asiatischen Elefanten (Elephas maximus). Verh ber Arbeitstg Zootierärzte im deutschsprach Raum 1996, 16, 90-93.

Flügger M. Use of Oxytocin for Birth Assistance in an Asian Elephant (Elephas maximus) – a case report. Verh ber Erkr Zootiere 1999, 39, 59-62.

Zwart P, Ippen R, Flügger M., Göritz F and Hildebrandt TB. Post Mortem Findings in a 60 Years Old Sri Lankan Elephant (Elephas maximus maximus) – a case report. Verh ber Erkr Zootiere 1999, 39, 143-148.

Flügger M. Clostridium perfringens enterotoxaemia in an Asian Elephant (Elephas maximus indicus) – a case report. Proc. EAZWV 2000, 3, 183-187.

Flügger M. Erfahrungen mit der Sedierung und Verladung von Asiatischen Elefanten (Elephas maximus). Verh ber Arbeitstg Zootierärzte im deutschsprach Raum 2000, 7-14.

Flügger M. Bewertung einiger physiologischer Daten zu den Geburten von 31 Asiatischen Elefanten (Elephas maximus) in 6 europäischen Zoos. Beiträge zur Elefantenhaltung in Europa 2001, 17-22.

Flügger M., Göritz F, Hermes R, Isenbügel E, Klarenbeek A, Schaftenaar W, Schaller K and Strauss G. Evaluation of physiological data and veterinary medical experiences in 31 Asian Elephants (Elephas maximus) births in six european zoos. Verh ber Erkr Zootiere 2001, 40, 123-133.

Schaftenaar W, Hildebrandt TB, Flügger M., Göritz F, Schmitt D and West G. Guidelines for veterinary assistance during the reproductive process in female elephants. Proc.AAZV 2001, 348-355.

Flügger M. Zwei Möglichkeiten für die Behandlung von Nagelspalten beim Asiatischen Elefanten (Elephas maximus) unter Berücksichtigung individueller anatomischer Unterschiede. Verh ber Arbeitstg Zootierärzte im deutschsprach Raum 2002, im Druck.

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