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The future of Saigas

Discussion in 'General Zoo Discussion' started by pachyderm pro, 23 Oct 2016.

  1. pachyderm pro

    pachyderm pro Well-Known Member

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    Does anyone know the future of This endangered antelope in captivity? Is there a reason there are none in the US?
     
  2. DDcorvus

    DDcorvus Well-Known Member

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    The future in captivity depends on how you define captivity. If you look at the way Astania Nova keeps them in almost semi-captivity, then there is a future for the species in captivity. In a more strict zoo setting with smaller enclosures then there will be not future for the species in captivity. At the moment there are no concrete plans to keep the species in the US and there are no concrete plans to keep the species by zoos out of their native range, but if some other ideas work out this might actually change.
     
  3. Kakapo

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    Would be a good idea what Fernando Rodriguez, the maker of the most mythical TV series about fauna in Spain, purposed once. Here in Spain we have many natural pseudosteppes and cerealist plains. Using saigas, a species adapted to this habitat, for industry of meat and milk instead sheeps, would made a lifeguard for the species and would be much less impacting for the native ecosystem. The only problem would be the permit of get some starting breeding groups.
     
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    Are they one of those species that doesn't do well outside it's range? (Dietary?)