Animal Breeding for Conservation
Breeding of native species for conservation is undertaken at Perth Zoo for western swamp tortoise, dibbler and numbat. Perth Zoo also has a ‘head start’ program for white-bellied and orange- bellied frogs, where eggs are collected from the wild and progeny reared in the laboratory for release into the wild. This aims to maximise survival of tadpoles through a critical life stage to maximise population potential. Research on the reproductive biology, growth and development of the species is undertaken to support captive breeding and understand species requirements. Since 1992, more than 4,000 animals bred at Perth Zoo have been released into protected wild habitat.