The current EAZA population will function as a source for research into husbandry (poor breeding results so far, nutrition) and taxonomy (number of (sub)species, what do we have in our collections, hybridization). The outcome of this research might lead to an insurance role for the remaining population in its original range.
The current ex situ population can be an excellent model species to allow for staff training in EAZA but also in range countries to get (husbandry) experience working with (more threatened) species of the same genus.
|• Conservation education
The hill myna is one of the priority species used for the EAZA Silent Forest campaign and can still be considered as an excellent species to educate visitors about the ongoing songbird crisis.
Hill mynas are rather unique given their mimicking skills, making them attractive exhibit birds while at the same time they could tell the conservation message of the songbird crisis.
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