Translocation Database

The translocation database was created by Sibilla Girardet and Dick Veitch between 1992 and 1995, with help from Peter Maxwell (computer programming) and Thalia Sachtleben (research assistant) and many translocation practitioners who are individually acknowledged on each record. The database is in Microsoft Access 97, and summarises information on 415 translocations of 51 species up to the early 1990s. It numerically codes information on many variables, including: origin of stock, source population status, capture methoc, transfer method, transfer group, transfer duration, duration of soft release, release/soft release grouping, deaths before release (several categories), numbers released (several categories), marking method, weather after release, presumed causes of death, habitat alterations, number of founders surviving 1 year, proportion of population estimated to have bred, continued management, reason for translocation, and outcome of translocation. The database was designed for comparative analysis of factors affecting success or failure of translocation, but no analysis has ever been done to my knowledge. The active website on Reintroduction Projects in New Zealand could be used in conjunction with the database to obtain up-to-date and comprehensive information on New Zealand translocations.

A hardcopy summary of the database was created by Olivia McHalick of the Biodiversity Recovery Unit, and released as Threatened Species Occasional Publication No. 14 in 1998.  This publication is available in pdf format at

Reintroduction Specialist Group, Oceania Section