David Wildt's Evolving Ethics Concerning the Roles of Wildlife Reproductive Sciences in Species Conservation

By Caroline Appleton
Published: 2014-08-18
Keywords: reproductive physiology, animal assisted reproduction

David Wildt is an animal reproductive biologist who directs the Conservation Biology Institute in Fort Royal, Virginia. In 1986, Wildt argued that artificial reproductive technologies should only be used for species conservation efforts if standard techniques to aid natural reproduction are not effective. Between 1986 and 2001, Wildt revised his views and values primarily in relation to two things: which methods captive breeding programs ought to use, and how reproductive scientists ought to contribute to the larger work of conservation. His arguments became institutionalized in varying species conservation organizations such as the Smithsonian National Zoological Park in Washington, DC, the International Union for Conservation of Nature's Captive Breeding Specialist Group, and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, headquartered in Washington, DC.

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Appleton, Caroline, "David Wildt's Evolving Ethics Concerning the Roles of Wildlife Reproductive Sciences in Species Conservation". Embryo Project Encyclopedia (2014-08-18). ISSN: 1940-5030 http://embryo.asu.edu/handle/10776/8146.

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Wildt, David E.; Fertilization in vitro; Embryo transplantation; Reproductive technology; Smithsonian Institution, National Zoo; Smithsonian Institution; Endangered species; Wildlife conservation; IUCN/SSC Captive Breeding Specialist Group; Ethics