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Breeding programmes in the GDR

Breeding programmes in the GDR W. G R U M M T Assistant Director and Curator of Birds, Tierpark Berlin, DDR-I136 Berlin-Friedrichgelde, Am Tierpark 125, East Germany In the German Democratic Republic there are nine zoological gardens, all municipal institutions, A Zoological Gardens Commission, under the chairmanship of the director of Tierpark Berlin, Professor Dr Heinrich Dathe, advises the Ministry of Culture on zoo policy. In addition to their role as places of recreation and education, zoos are expected to pursue an active policy of scientific work and breeding programmes. Breeding programmes depend, of course, on good breeding groups and to achieve this international co-operation between zoos is essential. Of particular importance is the purity of breeding lines, and the avoidance of interbreeding subspecies. Such a policy has been pursued for at least 25 years at Berlin, where most of the breeding groups are derived from animals, whether of rare or common species, which had been imported direct from the wild with details of exact location of capture. The following account concentrates mainly on the work of the Tierpark Berlin, with reference to other zoos as appropriate. PRIMATES In 1960 two d and three Q Sumatran orang-utans Pongo pygnraeus abeli were imported from http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Zoo Yearbook Wiley

Breeding programmes in the GDR

International Zoo Yearbook , Volume 20 (1) – Jan 1, 1980

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Wiley
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Copyright © 1980 Wiley Subscription Services, Inc., A Wiley Company
ISSN
0074-9664
eISSN
1748-1090
DOI
10.1111/j.1748-1090.1980.tb00954.x
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Abstract

W. G R U M M T Assistant Director and Curator of Birds, Tierpark Berlin, DDR-I136 Berlin-Friedrichgelde, Am Tierpark 125, East Germany In the German Democratic Republic there are nine zoological gardens, all municipal institutions, A Zoological Gardens Commission, under the chairmanship of the director of Tierpark Berlin, Professor Dr Heinrich Dathe, advises the Ministry of Culture on zoo policy. In addition to their role as places of recreation and education, zoos are expected to pursue an active policy of scientific work and breeding programmes. Breeding programmes depend, of course, on good breeding groups and to achieve this international co-operation between zoos is essential. Of particular importance is the purity of breeding lines, and the avoidance of interbreeding subspecies. Such a policy has been pursued for at least 25 years at Berlin, where most of the breeding groups are derived from animals, whether of rare or common species, which had been imported direct from the wild with details of exact location of capture. The following account concentrates mainly on the work of the Tierpark Berlin, with reference to other zoos as appropriate. PRIMATES In 1960 two d and three Q Sumatran orang-utans Pongo pygnraeus abeli were imported from

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International Zoo YearbookWiley

Published: Jan 1, 1980

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