Brexit threatening endangered species as red tape hits zoo breeding programmes | The Observer

Transferring critically endangered species within Europe to broaden the gene pool is more difficult with Britain outside the EU

Breeding programmes designed to save critically endangered species are being jeopardised by Brexit, with zoos warning they are being prevented from transferring animals such as rhinos and giraffes by red tape created by the UK’s departure from the EU.

Zoos’ small populations mean it is essential that they swap animals for breeding programmes to keep the gene pool as broad as possible.

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