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Bisbees Conservation Journal Q2 2015

There is a science behind population management, and the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA, the zoological association to which Fossil Rim belongs) has a Population Management Center (PMC) and population biologists devoted to examining the pedigrees of captive populations within the SSP (Species Survival Plans). The PMC uses these pedigree analyses to make recommendations to zoos for the best animals to breed. These recommendations can be within a zoo’s existing population or can include animals at different institutions. For example, Fossil Rim has several male addax and the PMC can recommend which male to use as our breeder each year. Or the PMC can recommend that we bring in a male from another facility. Genetic health is critical to the survival of these species, especially if we hope to return them to the wild someday. Changes in habitat and climate require that animals be able to adapt to those changes and having greater genetic diversity is what will help them do that. BISBEE’S CONSERVATION JOURNAL Q2 • 2015 69


Bisbees Conservation Journal Q2 2015
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