Wildlife sperm banks established

national December 14, 2012 00:00

By The Nation

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In a bid to increase the population of wild animals in Thailand, sperm banks holding specimens from endangered and rare species have been established while a pilot project to release thousands of animals in national forests is being pushed forward, offici


Ampika Thongpakdee of the Zoological Park Organisation of Thailand said there are 20 sperm banks where semen and cells of rare and endangered species are kept frozen. 
Also this year, the Rare Wildlife Conservation and Research Institute was set up to coordinate efforts by the government, the ZPO and universities.
The ZPO has joined with world zoo organisations to promote wildlife biodiversity through research and through the release of endangered animals into the wild.
The ZPO has taken care of 5,890 animals of 454 types. For example, the ZPO has bred the Eld’s deer, known in Thai as lamang, and Sarus cranes, which are at risk of extinction. The ZPO has produced about 200 Sarus cranes, and released around 70 Eld’s deer into the forests. 
Tuangrat Pothieng of the National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department said her agency will release more than 9,000 animals of 29 types to 30 forest preserves in a project that started in 2011 and continues through next year.
From 2014 to 2018, the National Parks Department would breed more rare species and then evaluate the results of the project in 2019 and 2020.
The annual seminar on wildlife in Thailand was held at Kasetsart University, ahead of the December 26 National Wildlife Protection Day.