Rare Breeds


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a non-profit organization, and is shown here by permission.

We recognize the value and importance to human society of maintaining genetic diversity among Earth's animal population, and this includes recognizing and preserving breeds of animals once developed or bred by humans, but currently of little commercial importance. We also recognize the value in preservation efforts of animal species threatened with extinction at human hands. Pacific International Genetics therefore offers its expertise in support of these values in many ways:

  1. For several years we have provided, and will continue to provide, reproductive services "at cost" or free of charge to the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy, and to other organizations, including zoos, involved in the reproduction of rare species. We have offered assistance to the Center for Reproduction of Endangered Species at the San Diego Zoo, and are currently cooperating with people involved in assisted reproduction techniques with the endangered white rhinoceros.

     

  2. We act as one of three national genetic storage banks for the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy, responsible for the safekeeping of genetic material from rare breeds or species. Oftentimes, this material is "split" between different sites as an additional safeguard against possible disasters.

     

  3. We occasionally enter into cooperative arrangements with breeders of rare breeds which assist them in the promotion and marketing of their sire(s), and in the distribution of genetic material worldwide. Our USDA-inspected and approved quarantine facility for semen export can play an important role in this.

     

  4. We offer a ten percent discount on all of our services when working with animals considered to be of "rare" or "critically endangered" status. Services may be offered free of charge in times of crisis.
We have in stock a small, but increasing number of sires of rare or unusual breeds (see the Index of Sires section, and look up the particular species of interest). Even if you don't see the breed you are interested in, contact us anyway, as we may be in the process of obtaining semen from a sire of that breed, or at least know an owner that you can contact.

For further information, please contact us, or the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy at P.O. Box 477, Pittsboro, NC 27312; telephone 919-542-5704; fax 919-545-0022. E-mail: ALBC@ALBC-USA.ORG