Project History & Aims
Conservation Breeding Specialist Group (CBSG) has a mission to save threatened species by increasing the effectiveness of conservation efforts worldwide. For over 30 years, they’ve accomplished this by using scientifically sound, collaborative processes that bring together people with diverse perspectives and knowledge to catalyse positive conservation change. CBSG provide species conservation planning expertise to governments, Specialist Groups, zoos and aquariums, and other wildlife organizations.
CBSG is part of the Species Survival Commission of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and is supported by a non-profit organization incorporated under the name Global Conservation Network. The ties to the IUCN are essential to the strength of CBSG and their position as a vital link among governments, conservation organizations, and others in the conservation community.
CBSG transforms passion for wildlife into effective conservation.
The CBSG have many projects and plans on the go and below are a few of the most current activities:
Brown Howler Monkey Conservation in Argentina
Recent developments include:
- Using Facebook to spread the word about the project and in turn receive reports of brown howler monkey (Alouatta guariba clamitans) sightings.
- Discovering a new population of brown howlers in a private reserve.
- Capturing mosquitoes that carry the yellow fever virus which has affected the brown howler populations. This will lead to epidemiological research to determine possible early detection of this virus and regional circulation.
Whooping Crane Meta-population
The whooping crane (Grus americana) is an icon of conservation efforts in North America, having been close to extinction in the 1940s with only 22 birds remaining in the wild. Due to conservation efforts the population has grown and breeding in captivity and in the wild has stabilised this species. CBSG assists in the management, breeding and conservation of the populations of this bird.
Planning a Future for Mala in the Australian Desert
The mala (Lagorchestes hirsutus) is a charismatic wallaby that was saved from extinction on mainland Australia when the last 22 animals were rescued in the early 1980s and secured in predator-proof enclosures. The last wild population perished in a wildfire in 1991. Remaining mala are currently dispersed among six isolated predator-free sites, located in three different states and territories and supporting populations ranging in size from 20 to approximately 300 individuals. In November 2015, the Mala Recovery Team (13 people from eight organizations) met to take a national view of mala management and to identify what it would take to move beyond saving the species from immediate extinction and towards securing its long-term future. The workshop was funded by public donations and facilitated by CBSG.
How is Banham Zoo supporting CBSG?
In 2015 Banham Zoo donated £400 to CBSG.
We have supported CBSG since 1992, donating a total of £11,700.
For more information go to www.cbsg.org.
Photos courtesy of CBSG.