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Translocation as a species conservation tool: Status and strategy

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Abstract

Surveys of recent (1973 to 1986) intentional releases of native birds and mammals to the wild in Australia, Canada, Hawaii, New Zealand, and the United States, were conducted to document current activities, identify factors associated with success, and suggest guidelines for enhancing future work. Nearly 700 translocations were conducted each year. Native game species constituted percent of translocations and were more successful (86 percent) than were translocations of threatened, endangered, or sensitive species (46 percent). Knowledge of habitat quality, location of release area within the species range, number of animals released, program length, and reproductive traits, allowed currect classification of 81 percent of observed translocations as successful or not.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Translocation as a species conservation tool: Status and strategy
Series title:
Science
Volume
245
Issue:
4917
Year Published:
1989
Language:
English
Contributing office(s):
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description:
477-480
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Science
First page:
477
Last page:
480