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Breeding programme for Horned guan Oreophasis derbianus at Africam Safari, Mexico

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The Horned guan Oreophasis derbianus is one of the most threat cracids but the species has always been scarce in captivity. By the end of 2007, the International Studbook registered a global population of 70 individuals in human care. This population is genetically compromised, as most of the potential founders are not yet represented. In the last 6 years, Africam Safari's breeding programme has hatched nearly 50% of the individuals bred in collections, contributing to the knowledge about husbandry and the biology of the species.

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