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End of the Ark?

Captive Breeding and Reintroduction
to Save Endangered Species

by Dr. Ihave Nophd
University of Erehwon

As a consequence of the shrinking of wilderness habitat and climate change, many species of wild animals around the world are struggling to survive. Some are on the verge of extinction. What can be done to save these endangered species? We, as humans, can make efforts to live in a way that minimizes our infringement on wilderness areas. We can also try to reduce the levels of consumption of all kinds that contribute to climate change. These efforts can be effective in the long term but we cannot be certain that all endangered species can survive that long. What action can be taken in the near term to preserve species that are on the brink of extinction? Zoos can provide a valuable service to global conservation efforts by providing a refuge for endangered species where they can breed so that their offspring can be reintroduced to the wild. Seasickness can be a real hazard for animals bred in captivity and then shipped across an ocean to be reintroduced into their natural habitat.

This work is not without its challenges. Often it is difficult and expensive to get appropriate lighting to set the proper romantic atmosphere to encourage animals to mate. Many species do not respond well to the latest techniques such as speed dating that allow animals to meet as many possible mates as possible in a short period of time. If captive breeding programs are successful, it can be difficult to reintroduce the offspring to the wild. Often they are frightened of air travel and do not behave appropriately when they travel unaccompanied by bus.


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