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Sunday, August 23, 2009

Turtle acquisitions

What would you do if you managed a captive collection of wildlife in a zoo, museum or nature center and someone contacted you, someone who illegally acquired a wild animal that they no longer wanted.

Would you take it into the collection?

What if it was an endangered species in your state or the state where it was collected?

If you acquire it, are you encouraging illegal and potentially problematic animal collection from the wild? If you don't acquire it, what happens to the specimen?

Is acquiring it and thereby avoiding its possible unadvised release into the wild the best decision? Its release could mean certain death for the specimen if out of it's normal range. Its release could mean the introduction of a new species to an area, or could lead to the introduction of new pathogens or new genetics to an existing wild population?

What would you do?