What are the advantages and disadvantages of in situ conservation?

The advantages of the in situ conservation are as follows:

  • Both the species and environment are conserved
  • Large populations can be protected
  • Chances of population recovery is far more greater compared to ex-situ methods

The disadvantages of in situ conservation are as follows:

  • Endangered habitats may be fragmented so the area may not be large enough to ensure the survival of these species.
  • Genetic diversity may have already dramatically decreased.
  • Conditions that threatened the organisms in the area may still be present, e.g. disease or interspecific competition.

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