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Rhinoceros Reproduction Program


The Rhinoceros Reproduction Program (RRP) intent is to facilitate propagation of these endangered species. The program coordinates with the American Zoological Association Taxon Advisory Group (TAG) on goals for reproduction in the rhinoceros.

These goals are:
1. To provide technical support for management and manipulation of reproduction for the rhino
2. To support reproductive programs for in-situ conservation of rhinos
3. To provide funding and expertise to reproductive research
RRP has contributed to the understanding of the biology of the rhinoceros through investigations and development of methodology on reproduction. The program has collaborated in the formulation of the AZA Rhino Advisory Group Five Year Masterplan 1999.
Problems identified by this plan that are being addressed by RRP include:

1. Causes for non-producing rhinoceroses
2. Reproductive pathology in Sumatran rhinoceros
3. Reproductive suppression between females
4. Incidence of reproductive pathology
5. Improvements in semen collection techniques
6. Male fertility assessment
7. Developed artificial insemination techniques
RRP pursues research that is directly applicable to management and propagation of the rhinoceros.
This involves:
a. Establishing procedures and techniques for acquisition of data and/or samples (i.e. cage restraints)
b. Establishing a baseline of normal parameters
c. Interpreting and/or treating abnormal conditions
d. Collecting and preserving genetic material
Project Locations
Some of the current scientific programs conducted at national and international institutions are listed below:

* Milwaukee County Zoo, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.A.
* Henry Vilas Zoo, Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.A.
* Sedgwick County Zoo, Wichita, Kansas, U.S.A.
* Sungai Dusun, Selangor, Malaysia
* Sepilok, Borneo, Malaysia


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