Translocation (Wildlife conservation)

Translocation or to translocate in wildlife conservation means capture, transport and release or introduction of species from one location to another. This contrasts with reintroduction, a term which which is generally used to denote the introduction into the wild of species from captive stock. This wildlife conservation tool is expensive and is often subject to public scrutiny, particularly when the species involved is charismatic or perceived as dangerous (for example wolf reintroduction). Translocation as a tool is used to reduce the risk of a catastrophe to a species with a single population, to improve genetic heterogeneity of separated populations of a species, to aid the natural recovery of s species or re-establish as species where barriers might prevent it from doing so naturally.


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