When is it appropriate to translocate or reintroduce animals?

The main issue

Obviously this is the core question to be considered: when should species be taken from the wild, bred, moved or reintroduced?

Should captive breeding/reintroduction be a last resort?

  • We should be thinking much more about translocations of reasonably stable species with relatively large in situ populations back into areas from which they have dissapeared, particularly given the potential importance of genetic, geographical and ecological diversity to adapt to a warming climate. It is far easier to source and manage populations that have declined by 60% than wait until there are only 100 individuals left, and there isn't the requirement for intense scrutiny and risk aversion on the source or introduced populations. -- FredFord - 05 Mar 2009

Should experimental reintroduction and ecosystem reconstruction be encouraged?

  • These processes do not necessarilly entail an immediate salvage or conservation outcome for a doomed species. They are a positive step towards recovering species across the vast areas from which they have been lost, and preferably as part of a scientific, rigerous, strategic attempt to build communities and ecosystem processes for both a conservation and ecological knowledge outcome. This is especially important if the knowledge gained can be better applied to in situ remnant populations (does species x benefit from the presence of species y?- how can you tell if no longer co-occur...). -- FredFord - 22 Feb 2009

Should captive animals be re-released back into the source population if it shows signs of significant post-capture decline?


Should salvage/ameliorative translocation be part of the development process?


-- FredFord - 17 Feb 2009