Match made in science: Animals paired up with help of ‘dating profiles’ for repopulation

Zoologists pair up animals with help of 'dating profiles' for repopulation

The match can be found either within the same zoo or from other institutions around the world.
The match can be found either within the same zoo or from other institutions around the world.ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

Call it Tinder for animals but instead of zoo animals doing the "swiping", it is their human curators who decide on the best match.

This match-making process aims to produce offspring that could eventually repopulate the wild, using a scientific process that can, among other things, ensure genetic diversity and prevent in-breeding.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 15, 2020, with the headline 'Match made in science'. Subscribe