Sensory ecology in conservation breeding programmes: an overlooked, but vital, consideration

Captive breeding programmes are key to species reintroduction strategies, but could potentially be associated with adaptations that are maladaptive in their natural habitat. In a recent paper, Chris Freelance and colleagues explored differences in sensory organ morphology between wild and captive-bred populations of a critically endangered insect. Captive breeding programmes are a well-established part of threatened species conservation strategies. These programs create insurance populations against … Continue reading Sensory ecology in conservation breeding programmes: an overlooked, but vital, consideration

Can we save a migratory vulture population with captive-raised birds?

A new study by Steffen Oppel and colleagues shows that supporting a declining population of a migratory vulture with captive-reared young birds every year could delay extinction, and thus afford conservationists more time to reduce lethal threats along a migratory flyway spanning three continents. Since biblical times people have entertained the concept that animals could be saved from extinction in a man-made sanctuary. The concept … Continue reading Can we save a migratory vulture population with captive-raised birds?