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How do captive breeding programs affect genetic diversity?

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October 07, 2014 12:21AM

Captive breeding programs can affect genetic diversity in one of two ways. Within the program itself, genetic diversity is reduced, because captive breeding programs only have a limited number of animals to work with. On the other hand, animals from a captive breeding program that are re-introduced to the wild can increase genetic diversity, because they are bringing genes that may have been gone for a long time back into the gene pool.