Challenges of operating a multi-species breeding-for-release facility at Perth Zoo, Australia

Peter Mawson, C. Lambert

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    Breeding facilities based at zoological institutions are now considered a key component of integrated species-conservation efforts. Many zoos and aquariums now operate such facilities under the One Plan Approach, which integrates in situ and ex situ efforts with disease management, research and education elements. Perth Zoo, Australia, has been using such an approach since the late 1980s and has demonstrated success by producing large numbers (n = 3841) of animals from 11 species for release to the wild as part of coordinated species-recovery programmes, operated with key government and non-governmental partners. Managing a multi-species breeding facility has been made possible by having dedicated staff caring for the animals, establishing a science-based approach to all aspects of husbandry, and regularly publishing key results and lessons learned from those efforts. The longer-term success of the programme has been dependent on the continuous support of the board and executive of Perth Zoo, and the embedding of a conservation ethos into strategic documents, education programmes and media communications with the wider public. Funding a long-term programme has not been without its difficulties, and a flexible and adaptive approach to seeking and securing funding has been necessary. © 2016 The Zoological Society of London.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)165-174
    Number of pages10
    JournalInternational Zoo Yearbook
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - Jan 2017


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