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Posted by trey on October 24, 2002 at 14:37:41:
In Reply to: How about . . . posted by Tom Lott on October 23, 2002 at 16:30:39:
:...(offhand, I can't think of any large-scale captivity/re-intro. projects for any organism that have been successful enough to have any biological meaning...nothing but triage IMO).
:the Peregrine and Aplomado Falcon Projects?
sort of. Inbreeding in captive populations is mostly a moot point. Do people really think that captive lineages are going to be used someday for reintroduction? God I hope I'm not living when that time comes. An example of just that, btw, is with haplochromine cichlids originating from Lake Victoria...extinct in the wild (due to Nile perch) but thriving in tanks. So what. Can't ever be reintroduced...thus the genetics are pretty much a non-issue. I think the most robust part of the Peregrine recovery was the ban on DDT. I don't claim to know every conservation program out there, but I can infer that the batting average isn't too good.