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Breeding success with Partula faba

2012-01-05

Breeding success with Partula faba
Like so many zoos, Bristol Zoo has announced its annual animal census. Notable in the list are the 862 endangered Partula snails in six different species. The really important breeding success was with Partula faba where the population grew from 80 to 103 animals last year. In 1991, some specimens were caught by conservationists from the Durrell Wildlife Trust and placed in a breeding program. Bristol Zoo is the only zoo in the world with this species and that is why it is so important that the breeding runs smoothly. This species has become extinct in the wild and their numbers have increased since their arrival from the Durrell Wildlife Trust and Imperial College London in 2010. Breeding takes place in a special climate-controlled room in Bug World, the insectarium of the zoo.