Laparoscopic embryo transfer in Arabian Sand Cats
Arabian Sand cats (Felis margarita) are currently listed as near-threatened on the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) Red List due to concerns regarding low population size and decline in the wild. Two four-year old female Arabian Sand Cats maintained at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse, New York underwent an attempted laparoscopic embryo transfer procedure on November 16th 2009. The embryos were obtained from sperm and egg donors from the Al Ain Wildlife Park & Resort in the United Arab Emirates and were fertilized in vitro, cryopreserved, and transported to the United States of America for embryo transfer in captive populations within the United States. As of 2006, there were only 23 sand cats in North American zoos. Currently, there are only 26 within the U.S. population. This population arose from a small group of founders and is thus at risk of inbreeding. Embryo transfer can be used to introduce new genetic information and will therefore contribute to genetic diversity in captive North American Sand cat populations.
Senior seminar paperSeminar SF610.1 2010
Cats -- Diseases -- Case studies