Of the 11 species in the breeding programme which are extinct in the wild or existing in tiny, precarious populations, three Tahitian species are scheduled for repatriation in 2014. These are Partula nodosa (EX), Partula affinis (CR, one tiny population remaining) and Partula hyalina (VU).
A large number of collaborating zoos, French Polynesian Government agencies, universities and museums are involved with this international conservation initiative. ZSL Coordinates the International and European Programme for this species and the St Louis Zoo Coordinates the American Programme.
Partners & Sponsors
The main French Polynesian Government partner is La service direction de l’environnement de la polynesie francaise. Zoo community partners are AZA member associations and EAZA member associations, under the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums. The programme is also associated with IUCN’s Conservation Breeding Specialist Group, Mollusc Specialist Group and Reintroduction Specialist Group.
Construction of the Tahitian reserve was funded by a Conservation International’s Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) and its maintenance is supported with a grant by the Mohaned bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund. Long term field conservation support is provided by a collaboration of the French Polynesian Government and the zoo institutions participating in the breeding programme.