Saturday, 19 March 2011

Ex situ conservation

There are approximately 300 Amur leopards in zoos in Europe, Russia and North America. These are part of breeding programmes that try to ensure that the zoo populations do not become too inbred. Transfers of animals are made between zoos so that different individuals can breed together to produce cubs with high genetic variation. It is important to maintain zoo populations of the Amur leopard with a reasonable level of genetic variation because it is likely that some individuals from zoos will be reintroduced into the wild in the future.

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