Inbreeding depression increases susceptibility to bovine tuberculosis in lions: an experimental test using an inbred-outbred contrast through translocation.

@article{Trinkel2011InbreedingDI,
  title={Inbreeding depression increases susceptibility to bovine tuberculosis in lions: an experimental test using an inbred-outbred contrast through translocation.},
  author={Martina Trinkel and Dave Cooper and Craig Packer and Rob Slotow},
  journal={Journal of wildlife diseases},
  year={2011},
  volume={47 3},
  pages={494-500}
}
Disease can dramatically influence the dynamics of endangered wildlife populations, especially when they are small and isolated, with increased risk of inbreeding. In Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park (HiP), a small, enclosed reserve in South Africa, a large lion (Panthera leo) population arose from a small founder group in the 1960s and started showing conspicuous signs of inbreeding. To restore the health status of the HiP lion population, outbred lions were translocated into the existing population. In… CONTINUE READING
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