In 2011 Dublin Zoo joined the Frozen Ark Project. Since then over 110 blood and tissue samples have been collected from animals in Dublin Zoo and stored at Dublin Zoo and at Dublin Zoo’s Frozen Ark partner, University College Dublin. Bloods samples are taken during routine veterinary procedures, while tissue samples are taken from animals post-mortem. Dublin Zoo has invested in a ultra-low temperature freezer, storing samples at -80oC. Dublin Zoo is committed to the long-term storage of these samples until future conservation efforts require them.
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