In a broad sense, each program’s activities grow populations and space, optimize reproduction and genetic diversity, and return species to the wild when possible, with different priorities based on each population’s unique needs. Each program is designed to leverage a key stakeholder’s unique assets, Conservation Centers, private landowners, and zoos, respectively. Using these species assurance models will maximize the utilization of existing resources to prevent extinction of a wide spectrum of species.
In all cases, C2S2 is taking a ‘One Plan’ approach, linking ex situ breeding/management populations to in situ populations to improve the sustainability of the species wherever they exist. C2S2 defines sustainability as ‘saving species ex situ and, whenever possible, in situ on a scale where there is no need to remove living animals from nature. As defined by the Conservation Breeding Specialist Group (CBSG) of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s Species Survival Commission (IUCN SSC).