How do scientists promote genetic diversity among animals found mainly in captivity?



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    This is actually a very difficult task for animals on the brink of extinction, because too much inbreeding weakens the species. Scientists will transport mating partners on loan from one facility to another to try and avoid this. With animals with very very low populations, i.e. those most in danger of inbreeding, they will even sometimes do genetic tests to find the most distant relatives to keep the gene pool as diverse as possible.

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    Each animal in a zoo has an ISIS number. Animals that are involved in breeding programs have records kept on them so zoos know which individuals have mated. They are able to follow how closely related each individual is to the next. If a species is endangered, it is difficult to breed individuals with others that are not closely related. However, zoos try to make the best match so the most genetic diversity will be preserved.

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