Latest Captive Breeding Stories
After five longs years of planning, San Diego Zoo researchers were able to capture endangered Pacific pocket mice in 2012 and begin a breeding program to help bring the endangered critters back from the edge of extinction.
In a new report, a team of international scientists is calling for greater collaboration between zoos to care for and breed endangered animal species.
The Saint Louis Zoo's Ron Goellner Center for Hellbender Conservation and the Missouri Department of Conservation announced on Nov. 30, 2011, that Ozark hellbenders have been bred in captivity—a first for either of the two subspecies of hellbender.
Of around seven land vertebrate species whose survival in the wild is threatened one is also kept in captivity.
A signed agreement between the American Museum of Natural History and the US National Park Service will see samples from endangered species in America's parks added to the museum's existing DNA collection.
Tigers held in captivity â€” including those in zoos, circuses, and private homes â€” may hold considerable conservation value for the rapidly dwindling wild populations around the world.
New findings from a comparison of the long-term implications of zoo breeding programs bolster the case for so-called "maximum avoidance inbreeding," or MAI. MAI breeding programs can be costly and troublesome, even requiring the transport of animals thousands of miles in order to avoid inbreeding.
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