Correcting parentage relationships in the endangered California condor: Improving mean kinship estimates for conservation management

Brigid M. Moran, Steven M. Thomas, Jessica M. Judson, Asako Navarro, Heidi Davis, Lindsay Sidak-Loftis, Marisa Korody, Michael Mace, Katherine Ralls, Taylor Callicrate, Oliver A. Ryder, Leona G. Chemnick & Cynthia C. Steiner
Maintaining the existing biodiversity of endangered species is a goal of conservation management programs, and a major component of many collaborative efforts undertaken by zoos, field biologists, and conservation scientists. Over the past three decades, the San Diego Zoo has performed long-term genetic studies in support of the recovery program for the critically endangered California condor (Gymnogyps californianus). This work has included sex determination of hatchlings and parentage confirmation using microsatellite genotyping. This paper describes...
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