Flashcards in Managing Species In Captivity Deck (9)
What is ex situ conservation?
The process of protecting an endangered species, variety or breed, of plant or animal outside its natural habitat
What are the 4 decision criteria leading to captive breeding?
1. Population in near the minimum viable population
2. The population is declining despite action
3. No population within a protected area
4. Saving extinct in the wild species
How many species have been described out of an estimated 7.4-10 million species?
Give an example of a species that’s critically endangered but is not within a protected area?
Handley’s slender mouse opossum
What are the role of zoos?
They keep species that are at risk from extinction alive
They do and fund research
They educate through visitor engagement
They spend $350 million on conservation each night
What are the drawbacks of zoos?
They’re selective in what they keep- focus on larger animals
Limited resource availability
Problems of husbandry
Adaptation to captivity
Susceptibility to disease
How many individuals and species does a botanical garden contain?
4 million individuals in 80,000 species (30% of all known)
What is the most intensive type of management for kept species?
European endangered species programme (EEP)