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Posted by: Robert__Mendyk at Sun Jun 9 13:50:30 2013  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by Robert__Mendyk ]  
   

3. even if the species goes extinct in the wild, if you have a cb specimen, it can be used to repopulate. (genetic bottlenecks will be overcome by technological advancements in genetic engineering)

Can you name a single case where a government or conservation agency has sought out private reptile keeper for repopulating a dwindling or extinct population with specimens under their care? There is a reason for this.

Geographic Origins.

Assurance populations maintained in zoos for the purpose of potential reintroduction typically include specimens with known collection localities. This helps ensure that appropriate population genetics are maintained upon reintroduction. Zoo populations of threatened and endangered species are very closely managed in terms of their genetics, and propose 'optimal pairings' for maintaining appropriate genetic diversity.

Animals in private keepers' collections originating from the pet trade typically do not have accurate or precise locality data. The difference between Togo, Benin, or Ghana, can mean significant differences in population genetics, and introduction of animals from the wrong population can potentially have devastating effects on a population.

Again, can you name a single example where animals in a private keeper's collection were used in population reintroductions? Claiming that private keepers will contribute to reintroductions is a silly justification for keeping threatened or endangered. species in captivity.


   

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