Further Reading

IUCN Species Survival Commission Guidelines on the Use of Ex Situ Management for Species Conservation (IUCN/SSC 2014)


The Canadian Species Initiative: Bringing Global Tools to Species Recovery in Canada, Starting with Snakes! (Excerpt from The Canadian Herpetologist Vol. 10, No. 1 Fall 2020)


The Plight of the Loggerhead Shrike: A One-Plan Approach to Saving an Iconic Grassland Bird in North America. Animal Keeper’s Forum 46, 153-157.


CSI participated in a conservation planning workshop for the rusty patched bumble bee, one of North America’s most threatened pollinators.  The workshop brought together a wide range of global bee conservation experts to evaluate and recommend conservation breeding and other ex situ strategies to complement existing recovery strategies in the wild for this endangered species.  The report highlights the critical importance of efforts to develop conservation breeding techniques for threatened bumble bees. The full workshop report is available below.

Smith, T.A., J.P. Strange, E.C. Evans, B.M. Sadd, J.C. Steiner, J.M. Mola and K. Traylor-Holzer. (Eds.). 2020. Rusty Patched Bumble Bee, Bombus affinis, Ex Situ Assessment and Planning Workshop: Final Report. IUCN SSC Conservation Planning Specialist Group, Apple Valley, MN, USA.


Species Conservation Planning Principles & Steps (CPSG 2020)


Get to know us: Conservation Planning Specialist Group


IUCN Crossroads Blog:  Progressive Zoos and Aquariums (January 13, 2021)