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WILDLIFE GENETIC RESOURCE BANK (GRB) is the systematic collection and preservation of tissues, sperm, eggs and embryos, genetic material (DNA/RNA).

So far, genetic resources from 23 species of Indian wild animals have been collected and preserved.

India’s first genetic bank for wildlife conservation was opened at the Laboratory for Conservation of Endangered Species (LaCONES) in Hyderabad.

This facility would increase the collection of genetic resources from wildlife through collaboration with zoos in India

This facility would also facilitate exchange of genetic material between Indian zoos for maintaining genetic diversity and conservation management made accessible to scientists and wildlife managers for implementing conservation programmes.

Laboratory for the Conservation of Endangered Species (LaCONES)

LaCONES or Laboratory for the Conservation of Endangered Species, is a Council of Scientific and Industrial Research lab located in Hyderabad.

It is India’s only research facility engaged in conservation and preservation of wildlife and its resources. It was established in 1998 with the help of Central Zoo Authority of India, CSIR and the government of Andhra Pradesh.

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