Rare Breeds Conservation Society of New Zealand

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The Rare Breeds Conservation Society of New Zealand (RBCSNZ) was founded in 1988 to conserve, record and promote rare livestock breeds with the aim of maintaining genetic diversity within livestock species. The area of coverage is broad, and includes poultry as well as camelids, cattle, chinchillas, deer, donkeys, goats, horses, pigs, rabbits and sheep.

Auckland Islands expeditions[edit]

Projects carried out by the RBCSNZ have included expeditions to the subantarctic Auckland Islands group to rescue live specimens of the introduced but long-isolated populations of Enderby Island Rabbits,[1] Enderby Island Cattle[2] and Auckland Island Pigs[3] for captive breeding in New Zealand before their eradication from the Auckland Islands in the course of conservation management.

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  1. ^ Torr, N. (2002). Eradication of rabbits and mice from subantarctic Enderby and Rose Islands. pp.319-327 in "Turning the tide", by C.R. Veitch & Michael Norman Clout. International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources. ISBN 978-2-8317-0682-5
  2. ^ Rischkowsky, Barbara & Pilling, Dafydd. (2007). The state of the world's animal genetic resources for food and agriculture. Rome: Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. p. 465. ISBN 978-92-5-105762-9. 
  3. ^ Robins, Judith H.; Matisoo-Smith, Elizabeth; & Ross, Howard A. (2003). The origins of the feral pigs on the Auckland Islands. Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand 33(2): 561-569.

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