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Species Preservation Laboratory

Mission Statement

To apply basic physiological research efforts and state-of-the-art reproductive technologies toward wildlife species management and conservation.

  • Research is performed to gain an understanding of the relationships among reproductive endocrinology, anatomy, behavior and physiological events such as ovulation and parturition.
  • This knowledge is applied to cooperative captive management practices, in collaboration with government and non-government organizations, to facilitate both natural and assisted breeding strategies.
  • Our cooperative management practices enable zoological institutions to maintain maximal genetic diversity and optimal social environments within captive populations.
  • Tools developed through ex situ research on reproductive monitoring and assisted breeding can be integrated into in situ population management and conservation strategies.