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Head-Start in Life: Nine Zoo-Reared Northwestern Pond Turtles Released Into the Wild

June 2, 2023

The Oregon Zoo and partners have released nine northwestern pond turtles into the wild, at the Columbia River Gorge. Under the head-start programme for this locally threatened species, newly hatched turtles are collected from the wild and looked after at the zoo for up to a year, until they have grown to a size that reduces their vulnerability to predators. 


Zoo-Bred Louisiana Pine Snakes Released into the Wild, at the Kisatchie National Forest

May 23, 2023

The Fort Worth Zoo has released 55 zoo-bred Louisiana pine snakes into the wild, joining other zoos in a collaborative effort to boost the populations of this endangered species. This is the seventh year the zoo reintroduces individuals of this species in their natural environment.

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Candidates for Reintroduction: Two Litters of Critically Endangered Red Wolf Pups Born at North Carolina Zoo

May 15, 2023

Two red wolf litters - a total of nine pups - were born at North Carolina Zoo. They were born in an off-show area and are potential candidates for release into the wild, as part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums's conservation programme (SAFE) for this critically endangered species.

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Addax Conservation: Global Assessment of Genetic Diversity Undertaken

May 8, 2023

The first global assessment of the addax's genetic diversity was undertaken by The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, in collaboration with multiple partners. The genetic diversity of the remaining wild population, as well as of the reintroduced and captive populations, were all assessed, with the former showing greater diversity! These valuable findings will help inform conservation efforts for this critically endangered species.

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Thousands of Zoo-Bred Partula Snails Reintroduced Into the Wild in French Polynesia

May 1, 2023

Over 5,000 threatened Partula snails, bred at London Zoo, Whipsnade Zoo, Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, and Saint Louis Zoo, were reintroduced into the islands of Moorea and Tahiti (French Polynesia). Several Partula species were wiped out from their natural habitat in the 1980s and early 1990s due to the introduction of an invasive snail species. Zoos rescued the last of some of those species, which are of great ecological and scientific value, to start an international ex situ breeding programme.,

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