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Zoos in Jamaica
Reasons to care about Ex-Situ
What is Ex-Situ?
Ex-situ conservation is the preservation of components of biological diversity outside their natural habitats. This involves conservation of genetic resources, as well as wild and cultivated or species, and draws on a diverse body of techniques and facilities.
From this definition can anyone guess what In Situ means?
Threatened organisms are completely protected from predation and poaching
Endangered animals and plants can be bred to increase number
Conservation sites can be used for education
Research oppurtunities arise from having easy access to animals
We will be looking at ex situ conservation regarding
Botanical Gardens, Zoos and Aquaria are the most common methods of ex-situ conservation all of which house and protect specimen for breeding and reintroduction where possible
More and more zoos have become proactive in conserving animals, reintroducing species and restoring habitats
The Jamaica Zoo
Jamaica ranks fifth in the world for its endemic species, boasting over 2000 species of animals.
Location: Down the road
Home to over 16 species of mammals, 11 reptiles and 40 birds.
Includes the threatened:
Black and Yellow Billed Parrots
Aha, Mr Iguana
We meet again
The Iguana is on a repatriation programme which releases them into the wild after a period of time
Hope Zoo actually played a key role in saving the Iguanas from extinction in 1991 receiving world wide acclaim.
Location: Lacovia,St Elizabeth
Because life aint all sunshine and rainbows
Disadvantages of Ex-Situ
Captive populations have limited genetic diversity
Animals may be exposed and easily communicate diseases
Animals may behave abnormally, hindering reproduction
Animals may not surive reintroduction
Wild counterpart may not accept ones bred in captivity