Sustainability of Zoo Populations: Can Reproductive Technologies Support Animal Management Plans?
Over the past 50 years, ex situ conservation programs have been implemented in an effort to mitigate the continued loss of threatened and endangered animals. Long-term population sustainability in zoos requires the maintenance of genetically diverse and demographically stable populations for a defined time frame. But management of captive wildlife species presents a challenge as various factors, including natural mating strategies and animal temperaments, can influence animal well-being and reproductive success.
On Friday, April 21, Dr. Gabriela Mastromonaco will talk about the use of reproductive biotechnologies and alternative strategies to enhance breeding outcomes, improve distribution of genetic material and reduce disease transmission.