Captive-breeding-and-release program aims to rewild 500 zebra sharks in Indonesia [Video]
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW!
- An international consortium of 44 aquariums in 15 countries is working together to reintroduce 500 zebra sharks to their native waters in Indonesia through a captive-breeding-and-release program.
- The zebra shark, which is an endangered species, has not benefited from previous protections in the region, making rewilding efforts challenging.
- The release of the first eggs into the waters of Raja Ampat marks a significant milestone for the ReShark team and could pave the way for similar conservation efforts for other endangered shark and ray species worldwide.
An international team of aquariums has banded together to reintroduce 500 endangered zebra sharks to their native waters in Indonesia through a captive-breeding-and-release program, marking a significant milestone for the ReShark team.
While previous protections in the region have allowed populations of other shark and ray species to rebound, the zebra shark has not seen the same benefits.
However, with the successful release of the first eggs into the waters of Raja Ampat, there is hope that similar conservation efforts can be made for other endangered species worldwide.
As Dr. Mark Erdmann, Vice President of Asia Pacific Marine Programs for Conservation International, puts it: “The potential is really amazing.”