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Maintaining the genetic health of putative Barbary lions in captivity: an analysis of Moroccan Royal Lions.

Black, Simon A., Yamaguchi, Nobuyuki, Harland, Adrian, Groombridge, Jim J. (2009) Maintaining the genetic health of putative Barbary lions in captivity: an analysis of Moroccan Royal Lions. European Journal of Wildlife Research, 56 (1). pp. 21-31. ISSN 1612-4642. (doi:10.1007/s10344-009-0280-5)

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Abstract

The last representatives of the Barbary lion

exterminated from the wild by the 1940s, are believed to be

Collection, numbering less than 90 animals in zoos

Lions” may now be under threat since, although most zoos

formal breeding programme currently exists and several

has arisen since the distinctiveness of Barbary lions and the

and definitive molecular studies have yet to be completed.

traits were used to match Royal Lions and the historic

initiated involving a number of selected “founder” animals.

within zoos in Morocco and Europe, including all known

Founder representation is shown to be greater across

exchanges are recommended between institutions in

health of the population and a studbook for European zoo

analysis serves as a benchmark for guiding effective

time to clarify the conservation value of Royal Lions and

their relevance to North African ecology.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1007/s10344-009-0280-5
Subjects: Q Science
Q Science > QH Natural history
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > DICE (Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology)
Depositing User: Jim Groombridge
Date Deposited: 29 Jun 2011 16:36 UTC
Last Modified: 24 Jan 2020 04:04 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/27502 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Groombridge, Jim J.: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6941-8187
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