Inf. Zou Yb. (1989) 28: 103-109 A captive breeding operation to rescue the critically endangered Western swamp turtle Pseudemy dura umbr ina from extinction G. KUCHLINGâ & J. P. DEJOSE2 Department of Zoolog.v, The University of Western Australia, Nedlands, W A 6009 and Director, Perth Zoological Gardens, South Perth, Western Australia 6151 For over a century the Western swamp turtle Pseudemydura umbrina was known only by a single specimen collected in 1839, during the first decade of European settlement in Western Australia. The rediscovery of the species in 1953 caused a great deal of excitement in both the scientific community and amongst the wider public. Wildlife authorities raced to record the biology and range of the reptile. When the animal was found to be restricted to two small ephemeral winterwet swamps, considerable concern was expressed. Public interest led to the acquisition of all known habitat and in 1962 its protection in two reserves, the 65 ha Ellen Brook Nature Reserve and the 155 ha Twin Swamps Nature Reserve. Since that time it has been conclusively demonstrated that habitat protection is not enough to secure the speciesâ future; wild populations have dropped from 200-300 in the 1960s to 30-90
International Zoo Yearbook – Wiley
Published: Jan 1, 1989
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