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Authors: Tocher, Mandy D.; Fletcher, David & Bishop, Phillip J.
Abstract: A stage-structured population model was developed to predict which of nine hypothetical translocation scenarios was likely to produce the best outcome for the rare Hamilton's frog (Leiopelma hamiltoni McCulloch). Model outcome was measured in terms of population growth rate and probability of extinction. Only females were modelled. The model predicted that moving at least 20 female adult frogs was the best strategy, and moving subadult frogs alone, or no frogs at all was the worst in terms of mean growth rate of both populations combined. When the new population was considered separately, introducing subadults alone was the worst strategy in terms of mean growth rate and extinction probability. Extinction of the donor population was most likely when 40 adult females were removed, and the extinction risk was reduced when only 20 were removed. We consider the most reasonable management strategy - confirmed by the modelling and supporting qualitative data- is the translocation of 20 adult and 20 subadult female frogs (with the concurrent translocation of 40 males). This scenario provides a balance between risk of extinction in the donor population and probability of success in the translocated population.
Keywords: RELOCATION, AMPHIBIAN CONSERVATION, POPULATION VIABILITY ANALYSIS