Tropical Medicine & Surgery

Tropical Medicine & Surgery
Open Access

ISSN: 2329-9088



Vulnerable Wild Animal Species, Conservation and Genetic Investigations

Massimo Giangaspero and Metab Khalaf Salim Al Ghafri

To date, approximately 5,600 species of animals are protected by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) against over-exploitation through international trade. Among mammals, 300 species are considered threatened with extinction. Conservation efforts rely on a wide spectrum of measures, from rising public awareness to adapted legal framework. In this context, wild animal conservation centers represent a core aspect. Accurate management is required also through qualified veterinary care and research activities, including genetic investigations to support conservation strategies.