Ex Situ Roles
Given the pervasive impact of humans on wild populations and their habitats, a growing number of species will require some form of intensive population management or human intervention to ensure their survival. Effective species conservation planning must consider all possible management options when assessing what actions are necessary to achieve species recovery goals. When used strategically and integrated with other actions, ex situ methods can be a key tool for species conservation that complements in situ conservation efforts. The range of ex situ scenarios and tools is diverse. One ex situ program may serve several conservation roles – either simultaneously or consecutively.
Ex situ management can support species conservation and prevent extinction in the following ways:
Addressing the causes of
Offsetting the effects