Conservation Programmes

Extinct-in-the-Wild Spix's Macaw to Return to Brazil

November 10, 2019

The Extinct-in-the-Wild Spix’s macaw will soon return to its natural habitat, as captive-bred animals will be sent to Brazil in February next year. In a first step, they will acclimatise in an enclosure in Brazil before they go back to the wild. This is the result of a collaboration between several institutions: Pairi Daiza, Association for the Conservation of Threatened Parrots e.V., ICMBio & Al Wabra Wildlife Preservation in Qatar.

Lisbon Zoo Sends GPS Collars to Conservation Project in Madagascar

November 03, 2019

Lisbon Zoo has sent three GPS collars to Madagascar, to aid a conservation project by Antongil Conservation​, an NGO that aims to protect the Farankaraina forest and its biodiversity. The collars will fit three critically endangered red ruffed lemurs as they are translocated to protected areas. The zoo supports this project since 2007.

First Global Center for Species Survival Will Open in 2020, Based at American Zoo

October 14, 2019

The first Global Center for Species Survival will open in 2020 and will be based at Indianapolis Zoo. This is the result of an agreement between the zoo and the IUCN Species Survival Commission, signed last week.

“It’s no exaggeration to say that every significant conservation project in the world will be touched by the Global Center for Species Survival,” said Dr. Rob Shumaker, president of Indianapolis Zoological Society.

Zoo-Bred Pink Pigeons Return to Native Island of Mauritius

October 08, 2019

Three pink pigeons bred at Jersey Zoo were sent back to the island of Mauritius, to integrate a local breeding programme with the aim of boosting the wild population. Gerald Durrell started the first ever captive breeding programme for this species in Mauritius and also brought some of these (at the time very endangered!) animals to the zoo in the 1970s, in order to keep an insurance population safe from local disease outbreaks.

Extinct-in-the-Wild Partula Snails Return to the Wild Thanks to Conservation Breeding Programme

September 29, 2019

Here are some exciting zoo reintroduction news to start off the week in the best way!


Two extinct-in-the-wild species of Partula snails have now been reintroduced into their natural habitat, in the French Polynesian islands, thanks to a multi-institutional conservation breeding programme for these animals. Several zoos contributed the captive-bred snails that were released this year, including ZSL Whipsnade ZooChester ZooZSL London ZooARTIS and Edinburgh Zoo.

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