As usual, even at the 11th hour, no talk of captive breeding. Why are they not capturing a few pairs of Taita Apalis and Thrush for propagation ? Why did they not do it earlier, before the populations crashed ? The translocation program mentioned in the PDF is not yet ready and may well come too late. It is infinitely frustratingt to see many conservationists' eternal resistance to captive breeding even when the need is glaring. We can't control what happens out in nature: climate change, introduced pests and disease, warfare and dozens of other detrimental factors. Some are not even known (see the above story). When a species is on the brink, we can't take chances. We must bring a few individuals into an environment that we can control and protect, and get them to reproduce. Any bird species with a global population under 500, sometimes even 1000, should have a few pairs breeding in captivity. Had this been done, so many birds that went extinct in the past 150 years would still be with us. No excuses for not doing so.
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