Captive Breeding notes

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Captive Breeding and Release

Problems with keeping species in captivity

  • Some species cannot be kept in capacity as they are too large for us to provide a habitat e.g. Blue whales

  • Some species its difficult to provide the right food or the correct amount of food e.g. Bamboo with Pandas

  • It’s expensive; there is not enough money to keep every endangered species in captivity.

  • Some species have complicated species interactions which will be hard to reproduce in captivity

    Problems with captive breeding programmes

  • Sometimes not enough is known about the habitat requirement to provide the correct environment for a species.

  • Multiply different things stimulate animals into breeding e.g. light levels or temperature so if not enough is known about how to stimulate a certain species, it will be difficult to get the species to breed

  • If there is a small gene pool for this species, Inbreeding will occur. In captive breeding, using closely related animals may be the only option as there is no one else to breed with. ( Using a stud book is a method to combat this)

  • Closely related species may be capable of producing offspring. These species never would have met in the wild but being in captivity has allowed them to. Hybrids are produced but they tend to be unable to breed themselves and have


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