Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Ex Situ Conservation

Preservation of a species that is extinct or nearly extinct in its native environment by removing it to another area and managing it; the ultimate goal is to reintroduce the species to its natural environment, but that may not be realized. Examples of ex situ conservation of primates include the aye-ayes at Duke University Primate Center or the Golden Lion Tamarin Conservation Program. Also referred to as off-site preservation.

Cf. in situ conservation.

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