Cryogenic conservation for Arapawas

In addition to our efforts to conserve the critically rare Arapawa goats, SVF Foundation in Newport, RI in collaboration with Tufts Veterinary School preserves germplasm (semen and embryos) of endangered breeds of cattle, sheep, and goats. They have completed their collection from Myotonic and San Clemente goat breeds and are now working on the Arapawas.

A herd of 15 has been health tested and they are being moved to the Newport farm to begin the process; collecting sperm and embryos will take as much as 18 months. The herd will then be placed on a breeding farm to resume putting real kids on ground.

See their site www.svffoundation.org.