Latest Captive Breeding Stories

San Diego Zoo Continues Successful Breeding Program For Endangered Pacific Pocket Mouse
2014-04-16 08:24:10

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online After five longs years of planning, San Diego Zoo Global (SDZG) 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. Following the zoo’s first successful breeding season that lasted from May to August 2013, of which 16 pups were born, researchers celebrated another round of successful mating, with the first...

Zoo Collaboration Endangered Species
2014-01-15 14:41:02

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In a new report in the open access journal PLOS ONE, a team of international scientists is calling for a more concerted effort to care for and breed endangered animal species in captivity. According to the report, the extremely hard work and large amount of resources spent on the conservation of these species can be hampered by international regulations, misguided strategies and a general lack of communication. Study author Dalia A....

2011-12-01 18:42:55

Decade-long collaboration of zoo and federal, state scientists yields 63 baby hellbenders 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. This decade-long collaboration has yielded 63 baby hellbenders. The first hellbender hatched on Nov. 15, and currently there are approximately 120...

2011-03-17 21:06:24

Of around seven land vertebrate species whose survival in the wild is threatened one is also kept in captivity. These and other data on the protection of species in zoos and aquaria have now been revealed by scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) in Rostock. Writing in the journal Science, the team of researchers and the International Species Information System (ISIS) advocate the establishment of targeted captive breeding programmes to supplement the...

2009-07-09 10:40:00

A signed agreement between the American Museum of Natural History and the U.S. National Park Service will see samples from endangered species in America's parks added to the museum's existing DNA collection, The Associated Press reported. The frozen genetic materials will help experts to study and protect hundreds of species. Blood samples from foxes in California's Channel Islands National Park and specimens from the American crocodile and the Hawaiian goose will be among the first new...

2008-04-17 14:20:00

Tigers held in captivity around the world "” including those in zoos, circuses, and private homes "” may hold considerable conservation value for the rapidly dwindling wild populations around the world, according to a new report published online on April 17th in Current Biology, a Cell Press publication. Using a new method for assessing the genetic ancestry of tigers, researchers discovered that many apparently "generic" tigers actually represent purebred subspecies and harbor...

2005-06-29 21:30:00

HOUSTON -- Comparative studies of captive breeding strategies conducted at Rice University bolster the case for costly and sometimes troublesome breeding programs that preserve maximum genetic variability in small populations of endangered species. Worldwide, zoos spend millions of dollars each year transporting rare animals thousands of miles in order to breed them with their most distantly related relatives. Some have questioned the need for such programs, which can stress rare...

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