Captive breeding can be an effective conservation tool and has been used to save a number of species in the past, and I'm sure will save more in the future. But the key words here are "can be", it's not a failproof technique. Even when it can work, it's best used as a last resort, with habitat protection being the conservation technique of choice. (and even when captive breeding is used, the captive-born offspring still need a habitat to live in) Most members of the general public are not very well-informed on the subject. A lot of people seem to think that all captive breeding is good for conservation, and they rarely realize how much work is involved. Despite it being a major aspect of zoos, it doesn't really come up much when the zoo is communicating with visitors. So I want to discuss, how do you guys think that zoos should talk about captive breeding? As a kid, I went to the Minnesota Zoo a few times, they're pretty involved with Siberian tiger breeding and conservation. I don't know if they still have it, but back then they had a sign display that talked about the work involved in captive breeding. Specifically, it was talking about the importance of pairing up the right animals, the different factors that are involved. (whether the animals are related, if they're close in age, if they're close in location, etc.) Then you were shown the profile of a female tiger and the profiles of several male tigers, and you had to choose the best mate for her. (I failed badly. I was like, 9 or something) Today, I think that's really cool and I wish more zoos had something like that. That way, people understand that it's much more complicated than pairing two random animals. Zoos can also go into the other factors taken into account, like how they don't breed animals as often as they technically could for health or resource/space reasons. I'd also like to see more emphasis placed on "captive breeding is no substitute for wild conservation". Even species that are successfully bred in captivity may not be candidates for wild release. What do you guys think?