New research on challenges facing zoo population management

Conservation breeding programmes in zoos aim to retain genetic diversity of species through analysis of studbook based pedigree data.

A Japanese/British team including Marwell Wildlife was one of the first to show that there is, however, little correlation between diversity measures drawn from studbooks and the actual genetic diversity of captive breeding programmes. The work highlights the limitations of using only pedigree data for both species management and prioritisation of species programmes for conservation, and shows the need for integration of molecular genetic data in pedigree analysis for the effective management of endangered species.


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