Nine endangered pheasants are on their way to India for a captive breeding program, offering genetic variation to help start what could be a critical conservation effort. According to BBC News, the Satyr and Temminck's tragopans are native to the Himalayan Mountains, but because the birds are elusive in their native range, the breeding stock has been donated by enthusiasts in the United Kingdom. The birds will be quarantined to ensure their health before being introduced to different aviaries and zoos where it is hoped they will eventually be surrogate parents to wild eggs.
Captive bird breeding programs are used worldwide to help increase the populations of endangered birds, and chicks that are raise successfully will eventually be reintroduced into the appropriate range and habitat.
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