Conservation at its Finest
Our message from the very beginning has been Profit from Conservation. It’s been proven for decades and decades that if there is a financial incentive to do something its far more likely to happen. That is exactly the case with the amazing animals that we breed at our facilities in Texas. The exotic wildlife business has proven over the last 30+ years that we can indeed save species from extinction while they continue to disappear in their native ranges. Here are just a few examples of the more than 15 species listed on the endangered species list that we are successfully breeding today.
The Arabian Oryx was extinct in the wild by the early 1970s, but was saved in zoos and private preserves, and was reintroduced into the wild starting in 1980. There is an estimated 2,000 in Texas.
The Grevy Zebra now number at less than 2,000 in the entire world. Their native range is predominantly Kenya with some small groups in neighboring Ethiopia. This native population is estimated to be less than 200 animals with the rest being in zoos and private hands. There is an estimated 100 in Texas.
The Turkmenian Kulan or Transcaspian Wild Ass was on the verge of extinction 20 years ago. The species was saved by numerous zoos across Europe and Asia and is now on the increase in their wild populations. WildLife Partners has what is believed to be the last breeding herd in North America.
The Nile Lechwe comes primarily from South Sudan and Ethiopia. Estimates in 1983 had them numbering at 30,000 – 40,000 in the region but this number was decimated to less than 5,000 in the most recent estimate in 2007. WildLife Partners has this amazing species in all of its breeding partnerships. It’s estimated there are 1,000 Nile Lechwe in Texas.