4 steps

Conservation of captive populations

Conservation is a constant battle with limited resources. Depletion of genetic diversity is the thin end of the wedge of extinction. This website provides guidance for anyone involved in preservation of an endangered species of rare domestic breed. When pedigrees are available the four steps presented will guide you to maintain diversity: cost efficiently.
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Why this website
Human population growth is exponential. There is hardly any wildlife resorts left. Hence, extinction of many species is imminent. For species to survive captive breeding is a necessity. The goal of this website is conservation of endangered species as well as rare domestic breeds by informing (and in the future supporting) about how to preserve genetic diversity within populations.

The good news
You don’t need to be in full control over a population to be able to maintain (potential) genetic diversity. By following four steps calculations will guide you to the diversity present in the population represented by genetically important individuals. Breeding performed by a few can have a significant impact on the preservation of genetic diversity.

The bad news
Unfortunately the ultimate method proven by science: Optimal Contributions, is not incorporated in any tool that is available for the general public. Mean kinship is another method, which act complementary with Optimal contributions. For this method there are tools available (see step 3).

Last but not least, do not hesitate to contact me.


Icelandic Sheepdog

The Icelandic Sheepdog was one of the first breeds using mean kinship to help preserving this breed