Can zoos actually save species from extinction? - Nigel Rothfels
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This TED-Ed lesson on the Takhi is adapted from a chapter in historian Nigel Rothfels’s book The Ark and Beyond: The Evolution of Zoo and Aquarium Conservation, edited by Ben A. Minteer, Jane Maienschein, and James P. Collins. The book includes a wide selection of essays by scholars and zoo practitioners who are interested in the roles zoos can play in conservation efforts, and would be an excellent starting point for those who want to dig deeper into the history and future of conservation in zoos.
If you would like to learn more about the Takhi, or what is often called the Przewalski’s Horse, you might start with the Red List entry prepared by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and you might also read this IUCN news item: “From Extinction to Free Ranging by Successful Reintroduction: 25th Anniversary of the Reintroduction of Przewalski’s Horse.” A fascinating insight into the history of scientific writing about the Takhi can be found in the digital resources of the Biodiversity Heritage Library. It can sometimes take a while for you to find exactly what you want there, but the Biodiversity Library, like all libraries, is a great place to browse.
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