“Conservation through captive breeding… Fossil Rim walks the conservation talk!” ~ Andrew Wyatt
When you visit Fossil Rim and see babies (calves, cubs, pups and chicks), your first reaction may be to comment on how cute they are or the large number of offspring that we have. One of Fossil Rim’s main roles is being a breeding center – to produce large numbers of endangered species with the aim of securing an insurance population against extinction and directly or indirectly supporting the in situ (in the wild) populations, whether through reintroductions, research or public education. While Fossil Rim works to provide excellent care for our animals, there is an additional component you may not have considered before – caring for the genetic health of our species.
Most people are aware that inbreeding animals can lead to numerous health problems, but caring for our animals’ genetics goes beyond just avoiding inbreeding. We seek to maintain genetically…
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