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Dec 1, 2008

Operation Triops

Operation Triops from Africa Alive!

Conservation of Triops cancriformis - a rare native species

In 1995, as part of a Zoo Federation project, Dudley Zoo collected mud that was hoped to contain T. cancriformis shrimp eggs (under license) from the single known UK site (it has since been discovered at another site in Scotland) and has bred it ever since.

Dudley Zoo initiated and later chaired the Triops Conservation Group, commissioned the production of the Species Action Plan and distributed livestock. Management guidelines in Zoo Federation/BIAZA format have been produced.

Dudley Zoo, through outreach funding, has supported the co-ordination of a breeding programme and provided livestock to several zoos, aquariums, universities and other institutions. The population continues to thrive.

This project was also supported by Glasgow Zoo, Chester Zoo, Bristol Zoo Gardens, Marwell Zoo, The Seahorse Trust and others including Nottingham and Cambridge Universities.

Captive breeding continues whilst the Species Recovery Programme is in stasis (like Triops eggs in diapause!) until a UK BAP is initiated.

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