Welcome to SEZARC
SEZARC provides conservation strategic planning and reproductive health studies to solve reproduction issues that challenge effective breeding of rare and endangered animals, including fertility checks, semen collection and assessment, contraception, and breeding plans.
News Date: November, 2012
Two first time mother Cheetahs
SEZARC is carefully monitoring two cheetahs during their first pregnancies. These first time mothers are valuable to the cheetah population which makes these pregnancies important to monitor closely. SEZARC is conducting non-invasive fecal hormone monitoring to measure progesterone metabolites. Both cheetahs are 70 days pregnant, and the cubs are due at around 95 days.
Current SEZARC strategies include:
- Working towards semen importation from various species (eg: antelope, elephant, cheetah) for artificial insemination to avoid removing animals from the wild.
- Solving breeding problems of individual animals in zoos and wildlife institutions so that populations remain genetically healthy.
- Providing advice and support for reproductive challenges including mate incompatibility.
- Providing advice and recommendations for the safest and most effective contraceptives to address species overabundance or individual treatment.
Current SEZARC members include:
Disney's Environmental Initiatives and Animal Programs (FL), Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens (FL), Micanopy Zoological Preserve (FL), White Oak Conservation Center (FL), North Carolina Zoo (NC), Birmingham Zoo (AL).
If you are interested in supporting SEZARC studies, please contact us.