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Captive Breeding Handled by Experts in the Field of Animal Husbandry

By: Jason Abels – Assistant Director www.tigerhomes.org Animal Sanctuary

Captive Breeding Handled by Experts - Picture of a State and Federally Licensed FacilityAs mentioned in previous pages, Captive Breeding Endangered Species should only be done by experts in the field of Animal Husbandry at a properly State and Federally Licensed facility. In most States it is required by law to have special licenses to even own such animals. Both your qualifications and facility must comply with strict guidelines often followed by periodic inspections. Further, if your motivation to breed animals is money, you will be required to apply and qualify for a Federal Fish and Wildlife “Captive Bred Wildlife” or CBW Permit issued by the Department Of The Interior. This Federal License is necessary as they monitor all Inter-State Commerce in Endangered Wildlife. It is highly illegal to buy or sell any Endangered Animal across State Lines without this license. Both the “Buyer” and the “Seller” must each have a CBW License. This is a “Double-Edged Sword”, as it assures only the highest caliber of animal professionals are in trusted with the Inter-State Breeding, Selling, and Transporting of an Endangered Animal. It also forces those who do not have or want to go through the aggravation of jumping through USDI Federal “Hoops of Fire” while in most cases simultaneously being “State” and or “USDA Licensed” to buy and sell animals in only one State. What this does is actually force people to shop for Unrelated Genetics in only one State. By limiting the Gene Pool, “Single State” breeders are minimizing Genetic Variation, thus causing harm to species not widely represented genetically. For example, a California State Licensed Galapagos Tortoise Breeder can only buy and sell Galapagos Tortoises in California. Sooner or later the few Galapagos Tortoise Breeders are all breeding the same genetic line. Unless they add new Genetic material into their efforts the entire State will be saturated with Genetically Similar Animals. The ability to adapt is closely correlated with Genetic Variation. This is one reason why the African Cheetah is in big trouble. Wild and Captive Cheetahs are so closely related (Lack Of Genetic Variation) that they are almost identical to each other. They are so closely related that they can in some cases accept skin graphs from each other. This is a big problem if they are going to be resilient to new diseases, viruses and bacterias. CLICK HERE TO SEE ANIMAL WEBCAMS

The image displays 3 captive bred baby tortoises.

Captive Breeding helps in so many ways. The less we have to rely on Wild Populations of animals the better! This is why it is so important for Captive Breeding Programs to be in place. For all of you Captive Bred Reptile Breeders and Dealers, I salute you! The US has one of the largest Reptile Industries and Pet Trade and every time a Captive Bred Reptile is sold it eliminates the capture and sale of at least 2 or more Wild Caught Reptiles.

David and I thank you for your interest in our Web Site and encourage you to visit the Sanctuary’s numerous “Animal Web Cams”. Midnight, a baby African Black Leopard cub and the Sanctuary’s newest resident is dying to meet you. We just adopted her as a "Companion Animal” for Sampson, a male Spotted Leopard.

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