Breed bats in captivity to supplement wild populations affected by white-nose syndrome
Overall effectiveness category No evidence found (no assessment)
Number of studies: 0
Background information and definitions
Captive breeding may be used as a strategy to supplement or re-establish wild populations. However, simulation modelling suggests that this is unlikely to be an effective strategy for bats affected by white-nose syndrome due to a lack of specialist infrastructure and expertise, and the need for disease-free target populations (Davy & Whitear 2016).
For a general intervention relating to captive breeding, see ‘Species management – Ex-situ conservation – Breed bats in captivity’.
Davy C.M. & Whitear A.K. (2016) Feasibility and pitfalls of ex situ management to mitigate the effects of an environmentally persistent pathogen. Animal Conservation, 19, 539–547.