Conservation Breeding

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 It's not just a case of putting two animals together and hoping for the best...


The survival of endangered animals is now more reliant on the sustainability of the species' zoo population than ever before. By strictly managing these populations, we are safeguarding a species.


"Breeding programmes, such as the European Endangered Species Programmes (EEP), the European Studbooks (ESB) and the Regional Collection Plans (RCP), aim at conserving healthy populations of animals in captivity while safeguarding the genetic health of the animals under our care. These programmes act to provide a future for some of the world’s most vulnerable species, especially where education and in situ conservation work are able to stabilize natural habitats and change destructive behaviours." - EAZA

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Animal pairings are based on the best genetic match for the species and so provide a safeguard for genetic health within the zoo population, for whichever species is in question. By effectively managing these populations, we are making sure that if the time for re-introduction did ever arise, we have animals that a genetically fit and healthy for such a project.


For animals that are not on a co-ordinated breeding programme, zoos will co-ordinate breeding between themselves.

Kinkajou

Our kinkajous are part of the ESB

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Prehensile Tailed Porcupine

Our prehensile tailed porcupines are part of the ESB.

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