Working to understand and protect earth’s longest lived species
Moirai Conservation and Research Inc. is a non-profit organization that exists for three reasons. First, to educate the public about the conservation status, ecological importance, habitat, physiology, general behavior, and lifespan of long-lived species.
Second, to coordinate and work with volunteers in an effort to study these species world-wide. The ability of these animals to achieve extremely long lifespans (in some cases, several times the average human lifespan) is not well understood by the scientific community, and it is our goal to investigate the extreme longevity of these animals from multiple scientific perspectives.
And third, to provide for the conservation of these species. Many of these species are currently threatened or endangered, and it is our mission to develop conservation strategies to guard against the possible loss of these species.
As part of this effort, one of the future plans of this organization is to completely sequence the DNA of these species as a safeguard to preserve vital information about them in the event of their extinction. Acquired DNA sequences will be made freely available to the public.