Conservation Programmes

Persian Leopard Pair Sent From European Zoo to Breeding & Reintroduction Centre in Russia

January 13, 2021

A Persian leopard pair was sent from Nordens Ark to the breeding centre in Sochi National Park (Russia), with hopes it will successfully breed there (as it did at the zoo) and increase the genetic diversity of the individuals to be released into the wild.


This leopard subspecies is endangered and thought to be extinct in the Russian Caucasus, but captive-bred individuals started being reintroduced in the area in 2016.


The Persian leopard is managed in an EAZA European Endangered Species Programme (EEP), coordinated by Lisbon Zoo (which have also sent leopards to the breeding centre in the past).

Zoo-Bred Wētāpungas Released in Bay of Islands, Ending a 180-Year Absence

December 28, 2020

Over 100 zoo-bred wētāpungas have been reintroduced in the Bay of Islands, after a 180-year absence. Auckland Zoo & conservation partners have now released over 5,000 wētāpungas across eight sites! As this species plays an important role in seed dispersal in their native habitat, their reintroduction is beneficial for the overall ecosystem!

Zoo-Bred Kākās Reintroduced into the Wild

December 18, 2020

Three zoo-bred North Island Kākā juveniles have been reintroduced in the wild. The birds were bred at Hamilton Zoo and transferred to Cape Sanctuary in October, part of a soft-release programme for this endangered species.

Zoo Córdoba Receives Iberian Lynx Pair - Surplus from the Ex-Situ Conservation Programme for the Species.

December 17, 2020

The Zoo Córdoba has received a pair of Iberian lynx from the (Lynx ex-situ) breeding programme for this species. The two animals are unsuitable for reintroduction or breeding due to health and/or genetic anomalies but they found a new home at the zoo.
Only one zoo is actively part of the breeding programme
for this species (Zoobotánico Jerez) but a few zoos in Portugal & Spain house surplus individuals, alleviating space from the breeding centres and educating the public about the species and the threats it's facing.

Reverse the Red: the New Global Movement Against EXTINCTION!

December 5, 2020

Reverse the Red is the new global movement against the extinction of species & ecosystems. The IUCN Species Survival CommissionWorld Association of Zoos and Aquariums

and many other institutions all over the world have partnered for this movement, which aims to use SCIENCE & COLLABORATION to effectively protect the world's most threatened species.


Photo: Post-War Recovery of Wild Dogs in Central Mozambique (Paola Bouley).

Zoo-Bred European Bison Sent for Reintroduction in Natural Park in Azerbaijan

November 27, 2020

Five zoo-bred European bison were sent to Shahdag National Park in Azerbaijan to be reintroduced into the wild. A bull born at Zoo Berlin and four cows (from Zoo Rostock, Tiergarten Bernburg & Domaine des Grottes de Han) will be kept in a fenced area to acclimatise to their new surroundings, before they are fully released next Spring.

Rare Brown Teals Hatch at Auckland Zoo, Part of Breed-for-Release Programme

November 22, 2020

Three pāteke (or brown teal) ducklings have hatched at Auckland Zoo, part of a breed-for-release programme. With just over 2,000 individuals left in the wild, the breeding programme is essential to boost the wild populations.

Perth Zoo Released 31 More Endangered Dibblers Into the Wild

November 10, 2020

Last month, Perth Zoo released 31 more zoo-bred dibblers into the wild! They are the only zoo in the world that breeds this endangered species and they have released over 900 dibblers into the wild since 1997!

Zoo-Bred Greater Stick/Nest Rats Reintroduced into the Wild in Australia

November 8, 2020

Forty zoo-bred greater stick-nest rats were reintroduced into the wild! The animals were bred at Zoos South Australia (Adelaide Zoo & Monarto Safari Park) and reintroduced in Mallee Cliffs National Park.
Feral predators nearly drove this species to extinction, but integrated in-situ & ex-situ conservation efforts are re-establishing populations in their native range.

Several Bushfire Recovery Projects Will be Funded by Australasian Zoo and Aquarium Association

November 4, 2020

The Zoo and Aquarium Association Bushfire Appeal raised over $1 million earlier this year, which will be used to fund several rescue, assessment & recovery projects for areas and species affected by the 2019/2020 drought and bushfires in Australia.
The funded projects will focus on:
✅Rescue and rehabilitation in affected areas;
✅Further research to assess the impact of bushfires on threatened species;
✅Ex situ breeding programmes for affected & threatened species;
✅Biobanking of threatened frogs.

Louisville Zoo to Reintroduce 22 More Black Footed Ferrets  Into the Wild

October 30, 2020

Out of the 27 black-footed ferrets that were born at Louisville Zoo this year, 22 will be reintroduced into the wild very soon!
This zoo is one of the six organisations working in this conservation project and has contributed with over 700 ferrets for reintroduction since 1991.
This species is also included in the Save Animals From Extinction (SAFE) initiative by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

World Okapi Day: Zoo-Supported Okapi Conservation Project Working to Protect the Endangered Okapi

October 18, 2020

⚠️Today is World Okapi Day! The okapi is an endangered species, closely related to the giraffe and endemic to the forests of Congo. The Okapi Conservation Project works with the government and local communities to manage and protect the Okapi Wildlife Reserve and the animals that inhabit it, with the support of a global network of institutions (including over 50 zoos!).


💲And why not supporting them if you can? Donate here.

Over 1000 Zoo-Raised Hellbenders Reintroduced Into the Wild

October 10, 2020

Over 1000 captive-raised Ozark and eastern hellbenders were reintroduced into the wild this summer, thanks to the efforts of Saint Louis Zoo & partners!
✔️The zoo not only has a successful breeding programme for the Ozark hellbenders, but it also partakes in a headstarting programme for both species - collecting eggs from the wild for future release.
✔️Thousands of hellbenders have been reintroduced since 2008!

Captive-Bred Tasmanian Devils Released in Mainland Australia

October 6, 2020

🐾Tasmanian devils are now back in mainland Australia, after 3,000 years absence... A total of 26 captive-bred devils have now been released in a large fenced area in a sanctuary, where they will be closely monitored. It is hoped the devils will re-balance the ecosystem, which has been severely affected by invasive species!
✅Aussie Ark, which is an environmental charity supported by several zoos, is one of the organisations behind the Tasmanian devil reintroduction efforts.


Photo credit: Aussie Ark

Wellington Zoo's Conservation Strategy 2020-2023

October 5, 2020

Wellington Zoo has released their Conservation Strategy for 2020-2023... Their conservation aims for this period include:
🌎Supporting restoration programmes for native species in the wild;
🌎Research collaboration with universities;
🌎Annual skills audits;
🌎Monitored Community Conservation Programmes;
🌎Staff participation in conservation efforts.

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