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International Partula Conservation Programme

2012-01-03

Worldwide there is a breeding program for Partula snails under the name International Partula Conservation Program. This has been coordinated by the Zoological Society of London since 1994.
Worldwide, 15 zoos are working together to save 25 species and restore the original habitat of the snails. The volcanic islands of Polynesia, and more specifically the Society Islands, are the original home of these tree snails. Due to the introduction of a carnivore snail, the number of species has dropped from 61 to only 5! A reserve has been established for the latter species where efforts are being made to limit the number of imported predatory snails causing extinction. About 120 species were found all over Polynesia.

The Zoological Society of London works with the local government to develop a biodiversity strategy for the region.