Limitations of Captive Breeding in Endangered Species Recovery

  title={Limitations of Captive Breeding in Endangered Species Recovery},
  author={Noel F. R. Snyder and Scott Derrickson and Steven R. Beissinger and James W. Wiley and Thomas B. Smith and William D. Toone and Brian W. Miller},
  journal={Conservation Biology},
The use of captive breeding in species recovery has grown enormously in recent years, but without a concurrent growth in appreciation of its limitations. Problems with (1) establishing self-sufficient captive populations, (2) poor success in reintroductions, (3) high costs, (4) domestication, (5) preemption of other re- covery techniques, (6) disease outbreaks, and (7) maintaining administrative continuity have all been signif- icant. The technique has often been invoked prematurely and should… 

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