Coordinator: Claudia Rudolf von Rohr
Institution: Zoo Zurich
This role contemplates the possibility to maintain a long-term ex situ population to preserve options for the future. The population within EAZA is managed to provide individuals for augmentation of populations (demographically and/or genetically). This role is not realistic/achievable with the current population as it is not known what subspecies are currently in collections. Therefore, the main focus for this role is the genetic management of the species.
|• Conservation education
Galapagos tortoises can be used to educate the general public with a focus on Galapagos Islands and the link to evolution as well as big tortoises in general.
The EAZA population provides the opportunity to gain basic knowledge on species husbandry as well as to share this knowledge.
In May 2021, the Galapagos giant tortoise EEP had 121 animals in 26 institutions.
This work is supported by the European Union LIFE NGO funding programme. The European Union is not responsible for the views displayed in publications and/or in conjunction with the activities for which the grant is used.