Conservation of Biodiversity

What are some endangered species that have been bred in captivity?
Answered by Discovery Channel
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  1. There have been several success stories in zoos around the world, which work cooperatively to breed endangered animals in captivity. The two main goals of captive breeding are generally to build population numbers while maintaining as much genetic diversity as possible. Some of the species that have been brought back from the brink include California condors, red wolves and black-footed ferrets.

    The black-footed ferret was believed to be extinct until a small band was discovered in the early 1980s. Those 18 surviving ferrets were taken into captivity and carefully bred together; so far, more than 7,000 kits have been born in captivity since the program was launched in 1986, with more now being born in the wild.

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