Reintroduced Pair of Lear's Macaws Breeds in the Wild in Brazil
August 17, 2022
A pair of Lear's macaws bred at Loro Parque and reintroduced into the wild has produced a chick - a first in the conservation programme for this species. The conservation efforts of Loro Parque Fundación & partners led to a massive boost in the population numbers of this species, and in the downgrade of the threat status from "Critically Endangered" to "Endangered".
Iberian Lynx Population Still Growing & Reaches 1365 Animals in Portugal & Spain
June 22, 2022
The Iberian lynx population is still growing in the wild, with the latest surveys showing 1365 individuals in Portugal and Spain. Two decades ago this species was on the brink of extinction and this huge conservation success is due to a captive breeding & reintroduction programme, combined, of course, with in situ efforts. On a less cheerful note, over 100 deaths were recorded in 2021, with the main cause of mortality being roadkills.
Once on the Brink of Extinction, the Iberian Lynx is Making a Comeback!
May 29, 2021
2002: Iberian lynx on the brink of extinction, with fewer than 100 individuals left in Spain and virtually extinct in Portugal...
2021: Over 1,000 Iberian lynx have been recorded in the wild, with new populations in both Portugal and Spain. The ambitious Lynx ex-situ conservation programme has brought this species back from the brink. Now listed as "Endangered" in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, they are not yet out of danger but the future is looking far brighter.
IUCN Red List Updated: African Elephants Assessed as Two Separate Species for First Time
March 25, 2021
The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species has been updated:
The African forest elephant (Critically Endangered) and the African savannah elephant (Endangered) have been assessed separately, as two different species, for the first time.
✔134,425 total species assessed;
✔37,480 threatened species (27.9%);
✔900 Extinct, 79 Extinct in the Wild.
IUCN Red List Updated: Some Species Recovering but Many in Trouble
December 13, 2020
The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species has been updated:
☹️28% of the 128,918 species assessed are threatened with extinction;
☹️All of freshwater dolphins now threatened;
☹️31 more species listed as "Extinct".
😃26 species are recovering, including European bison;
😃European bison population increased thanks to reintroduction & in-situ efforts.
© Marta Filipa Bandeira
The Only Wildlife Rescue Centre in Papua New Guinea is Facing Closure Due to COVID-19!
September 21, 2020
⚠️The Port Moresby Nature Park is facing closure due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic! As the only rescue centre in Papua New Guinea and a member of the Zoo and Aquarium Association, this park is responsible for wildlife rescue and rehabilitation, the conservation of several threatened species, an outstanding education programme and the employment of several workers!
💲DONATE today to help them stay open and carry on their important conservation and education work!
IUCN Red List Update - Over 30.000 Threatened Species but Some are Doing Better!
December 11, 2019
The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species has been updated!
😞Bad news first: 30.178 species threatened with extinction (27% of all species on the list), and there is more evidence of the negative impact of climate change.
😀But there are also GOOD news: eight bird and two fish species have improved their conservation status!
👏Captive breeding has been one of the key strategies in these success stories.
Silver-backed Mouse Deer Rediscovered in Vietnam After 30 Years
November 13, 2019
The silver-backed mouse deer (or chevrotain) was re-discovered in Vietnam after being lost to science since 1990. This achievement was made possible by camera trap technology and the work of Global Wildlife Conservation, supported by several zoos and institutions, and will encourage the reinforcement of protection measures for this species and its habitat.
Indian Tiger Population Grows to Almost 3,000 Individuals in Four Years
July 29, 2019
Fantastic news to celebrate in this #InternationalTigerDay! The Indian tiger population has increased to almost 3,000 animals in the last four year, showing how effective conservation efforts can be! Lets all keep working together for wildlife.
Hyenas: Villains in the Cinema but Ecosystem Heroes in Real Life?
July 20, 2019
With The Lion King now out, many of its fans are running to the cinemas! Some of the most important characters in the movie are also seriously misunderstood in real life: hyenas may be villains in the movie, but they play a vital role in the ecosystem they are part of.. They are also fascinating animals! The following article by National Geographic explains exactly that.
IUCN Updates: Over 25% of Assessed Species are Threatened With Extinction
July 18, 2019
The threat status of 105,732 species was assessed by IUCN, and over 1/4 of those (28,338) are threatened with extinction. Unsustainable fishing, hunting for bushmeat and habitat loss have been responsible for the decline of several species!
Not the best of news and it's now more important than ever that we work together for wildlife!
Make Responsible Consumer Choices with App. Designed by Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
November 27, 2018
Want to make responsible, smarter consumer choices that positively impact orangutans in the wild? Want to ensure that the products you use are 100% certified sustainable palm oil? If you said yes, then download this app.! Developed by the Cheyenne Zoo in Colorado, USA, this app. contains a comprehensive list of companies that have recently joined the RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil). From food to drinks and beyond, learn how YOU can make smarter decisions that will ultimately benefit the orangutans of Indonesia and their rainforest habitats. Available for androids and iPhones!
Download app. at: http://www.cmzoo.org/index.php/conservation-matters/palm-oil-crisis/
"Sharing is Caring: What sharing data really means for Species360 members"
May 04, 2018
"Sharing is Caring" is the new article by Species360 - Global Information Serving Conservation, explaining why sharing data is absolutely necessary for zoos and other institutions to achieve their missions of conservation, research & education.
New Issue of Zooquaria, by EAZA, is Now Out!
September 06, 2017
The latest issue of Zooquaria, by EAZA, is now out, featuring the anti-poaching research being undertaken at Kolmården Wildlife Park, the new conservation initiative for banteng, anoa and babirusa, a review of the Eurasian lynx studbook, the "underwater forests" at Oceanário de Lisboa and much more!
"The Call of the Wild": The Director of Research at Zoo Atlanta Explains How He Got Into the World of Zoo Science
July 25, 2017
The director of research at Zoo Atlanta explains, in this article, how he got into the world of zoo science. Despite the scepticism he initially got from his academic mentor and some of his colleagues, he flourished in the zoo environment and works now in a dynamic and diverse environment, including the zoo, an university and in partnership with conservation institutions.
Alarming News for Pangolins as New Study Reveals 150% Increase in Hunting Across Central Africa
July 21, 2017
Sad news for pangolins, as new study, led by the University of Sussex, shows a 150% hunting increase across Central Africa, between the 1970s and 2014. Pangolins are considered the "world's most illegally traded mammal" and this study highlights the need to further protect these animals.
New WAZA CEO Encourages Zoos to Be More Loud About the Conservation Work They Do!
June 20, 2017
Doug Cress, CEO of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums, is encouraging zoos to be more loud about the vital conservation work they do! According to him, some zoos still feel guilty about what they used to be in the past, but it is now time to move on from that and focus on what they are now and what they represent for the future of wildlife.
Canadian Zoo Abandons Plan to Receive Caribous from the Wild!
June 11, 2017
In April, the Quebec government has announced the move of the last 15 caribous in Val-D'Or to Zoo sauvage de Saint-Félicien, as they are threatened by a mining project. However, environmental groups have criticised this idea and the zoo has now decided not to accept the animals due to "Social acceptibility" issues.
Brazilian Zoo Becomes First Zoo In Whole America to Hold Subspecies of Lion!
May 25, 2017
Zoo Pomerode (Brazil) has become the first zoo in the whole America to hold the subspecies of Angola lion (Southwest African lion - Panthera leo bleyenberghi). Four Angola lions were moved from Lisbon Zoo to this Brazilian institution, part of an international breeding programme for this subspecies. Lisbon Zoo is member of both EAZA and ALPZA.
Great News For Species & Zoo Management: Studbooks taking their first steps into ZIMS
May 11, 2017
The new and shiny ZIMS for studbooks is getting all ready to make the lives of studbook keepers much easier! Species360 estimates it will take 1-2 years for all (1000+) stubooks to be transferred into ZIMS... Exciting news for species and zoo management!
WAZA Names New CEO!
April 03, 2017
Darwin's Birthday and His Relationship with ZSL
February 12, 2017
Charles Darwin was born exactly 208 years ago. This legendary naturalist and his theories were revolutionary and he is still an inspiration for many scientists that dedicate their lives to the natural world.
To celebrate his birthday, ZSL has put together some invaluable memories that show the close relationship between Darwin and this institution. Member of ZSL's council from 1839 to 1841, Darwin has studied the behaviour of animals and developed some of his theories during his time at ZSL London Zoo.
Happy Birthday, Charles Darwin... and Thank You!
What is the Elephant Saying?
January 29, 2017
For anyone interested in learning "elephantish", a guide with different elephant calls and their meaning is now available! This was done by a team of researchers, who have recorded and interpreted thousands of elephant calls. Great tool for zoo elephant management?
Photo: © E. Gilchrist
"Whether you like it or not... Zoos & Aquariums are Good!"
January 13, 2017
Despite all controversy, Zoos and Aquariums are very important institutions...
"Together, zoos and aquariums spend over 100 million each year for field conservation. They have also saved countless species from imminent decimation, including the red wolf, the Louisiana pine snake, the Arabian Oryx and the black-footed ferret. All of these valued creatures were rescued through highly organized, cross-institutional breeding programs. Many others have been saved too, either directly or through the influence of education and research."
New Breeding Centre Will Boost Zoo Populations!
December 31, 2016
A breeding centre is being built to breed animals in order to increase sustainability of zoo populations. Not open to visitors, this centre will have the space and the conditions to breed species that need help (some of them critically endangered) and better representation in zoos. This is part of the Alliance for Sustainable Wildlife, a partnership between San Diego Zoo Global and Audubon Species Survival Centre.
Worrying News for Cheetahs!
January 01, 2020
A study by ZSL, Wildlife Conservation Society and Panthera indicates there are only 7100 cheetahs remaining in the wild (9% of the species' historic range). The authors of this study are now recommending that the threat status of this species is updated to "Endangered", in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
"The 12 Types Of Conservation Career (and how to choose which one is for you?)" by James Borrell
December 21, 2016
Amazing summary of several different (but all important!) conservation careers.
Of course, a shout out for point 11: "Supporting Conservation Work at Zoos". Yes, working in a zoo is also working for conservation!
Chester Zoo Boosts Local Economy By £50 Million!
December 07, 2016
A new economic impact report shows that Chester Zoo has boosted the regional economy by £50 million last year. This impressive news shows that, on top of their work for conservation, research and education, zoos also have the potential to improve local economies.
WAZA Concerned Over Lack of Information on the Shipping of 32 Wild Elephants to China
November 25, 2016
The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums is concerned about the shipping of 32 elephants from Zimbabwe to China. According to them, more information should be provided, by both parties involved, on where the animals are actually going to, how the wild population will be affected and if the Chinese institutions have the necessary resources and expertise to look after these animals.
Photo: © Michael Poliza (Elephants at Hwange National Park)
Wildlife Conservation Benefits Economy in Africa!
November 02, 2016
New research by WWF's African Elephant Program shows that poaching has a negative effect on tourism, which consequently affects local economies in Africa. In some areas, the amount of money that is needed for anti-poaching strategies is smaller than the amount currently being lost due to poaching.
World's Oldest Sumatran Orangutan Lives at Perth Zoo!
October 27, 2016
The world's oldest Sumatran orangutan lives at Perth Zoo! 60-year-old Puan has received a certificate from the Guinness World Records. This zoo is not only committed to the welfare of the orangutans under its care, but also to the conservation of this (and other) species in the wild.
Find out more about this critically endangered species and how Perth Zoo is helping to save it from extinction here.
SeaWorld Funds Research Project on Polar Bears
October 22, 2016
SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Fund has given $15 000 to Polar Bears International, to support a long-term research project on the use of sea ice habitat by male polar bears. The outcomes of this research may have important applications to the conservation of this species.
Why is the Snow Leopard Endangered?
October 21, 2016
The snow leopard (Panthera uncia) is endangered and Snow Leopard Trust explains, in the link below, how poaching, mining, and climate change are a major threat to its survival. Over 70 world-wide zoos support the work of this institution and help towards the conservation of this species.
Photo: © San Diego Zoo
Scimitar-Horned Oryx Has Been Born In the Wild!
October 14, 2016
One of the females of scimitar-horned oryx, recently reintroduced to the wild, gave birth to the first wild-born calf in a very long time! A new hope for a species that was, until a few months ago, extinct in the wild.
Photo: © Tim Wacher/Jabulani Sibanda (SCF)
New Report Suggests African Elephants Are in Serious Trouble!
September 25, 2016
IUCN's new report shows a drastic decline in African elephant populations - the worst in 25 years. Poaching is the main reason behind this decline - if a solution is not found to reduce/eliminate poaching, African elephants may be facing extinction soon.
Ýorkshire Wildlife Park Offers Home to "World's Saddest Polar Bear"
September 21, 2016
Yorkshire Wildlife Park has offered a new home to Pizza, the polar bear that lives at a shopping mall in China. This animal, called "the world's saddest polar bear" in the media, currently lives in poor captive conditions. The UK zoo is an international centre for the conservation of the species and provides its polar bears with a ten acres enclosure and two lakes. An example of the commitment of modern zoos to animal welfare.
Legalising Ivory Trade Would Lead to Extinction of African Elephants!
September 16, 2016
According to new research, the amount of ivory that could be provided sustainably is not enough to meet the demand. Therefore, legalising the ivory trade would most likely lead to the extinction of African elephants.
UK Wildlife in Trouble!
September 14, 2016
A report by RSPB, in partnership with ZSL and 52 other wildlife organisations, shows a decline in 56% of UK native wildlife, over the last 50 years. One in ten species are threatened with extinction in the UK, with the hedgehog being one of the species most affected. In response to these threatening new findings, Sir David Attenborough said: "The natural world is in serious trouble and it needs our help as never before."
Four Different Species of Giraffe Identified!
September 09, 2016
Until now, only one species (four subspecies) of giraffe was considered.. However, a team of researchers from the Giraffe Conservation Foundation & Senkenberg Research Institute have analysed the DNA of these four subspecies and concluded they are actually distinct species: Masai (Giraffa tippelskirchi), Reticulated (G. reticulata), Southern (G. giraffa) & Northern (G. camelopardalis) giraffes.
Sad news for Eastern Gorillas But Happy Days for Giant Pandas!
September 05, 2016
The Eastern gorilla is now listed as "Critically Endangered" - making it the fourth, out of six, great ape species to be given the highest "threatened level", according to the IUCN Red List.
Better news for the giant panda, though, as its threatened status has been downgraded from "Endangered" to "Vulnerable", a result of conservation actions to protect and restore its habitat.
Alarming Drop in African Elephants Population!
September 02, 2016
The Great Elephant Census, a project that aims to count the total number of African elephants (Loxodonta africana) from the air, has estimated a total number of approximately 352 271 elephants, far less than previous estimates. Some areas, like Selous Game Reserve (Tanzania) and Niassa Reserve (Mozambique) have lost over 75% of their elephant population in just 10 years. Alarming news for this species!
Sumatran Rhino Genome Fully Sequenced!
August 17, 2016
The genome of the critically endangered Sumatran rhino (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis) was finally fully-sequenced. This will hopefully boost the captive breeding success of this species, as scientists can now identify the genes responsible for health issues.
Taronga Zoo & Zoos Victoria Awarded with San Diego Zoo Conservation Medal
August 10, 2016
Taronga Zoo has been awarded with the San Diego Zoo Conservation Medal, in the category of Conservation Partner.
From its work to save the Tasmanian devil & reintroduction programmes to its collaboration in over 76 conservation and research projects, this zoo has proved its commitment to protect wildlife.
Zoos Victoria have also been awarded for their hard work against extinction.
Captive Spix's Macaws are Raising their Own Chicks!
August 09, 2016
The Association for the Conservation of Threatened Parrots e.V. has decided to allow their captive Spix's Macaws (Cyanopsitta spixii) to raise their own chicks, and, so far, they are doing well! This species is critically endangered (possibly extinct in the wild) and captive breeding may be the only way of saving it from extinction.
Chytrid Decimates Mountain Chicken Frog's Populations!
August 04, 2016
Devastating news for the mountain chicken frog (Leptodactylus fallax) - The deadly amphibian disease "chytrid" has killed more than 85% of this species in just over 18 months. Zoos are partnered with the Mountain Chicken Recovery Programme (MCRP) to investigate the impact of this disease on the populations of this species in the two Caribbean islands - Dominica and Montserrat.
Great Big Story: Addax and the fight for its survival!
June 30, 2016
Great Big Story features the Addax (Addax nasomaculatus), a critically endangered species, which survival may depend upon captive breeding programmes and the work of zoos. Amali and her 3 weeks old calf live at Saint Louis Zoo and they are helping to ensure a future for their species - not only by being part of the captive breeding programme, but also by working as an ambassador.
Happy World Giraffe Day to all giraffes and their fans!
June 21, 2016
Although still widespread, giraffe populations are declining in the wild, and two giraffe subspecies (Niger & Rothschild’s) are listed as "Endangered" in the IUCN Red List.
What are zoos doing to ensure a future for these giant ungulates? Apart from the valuable international captive breeding programmes (ensuring there is always an insurance population for reintroduction, if needed), the Giraffe Conservation Foundation is partnered with Blank Park Zoo, Chester Zoo and Denver Zoo "to protect and secure populations of all giraffes throughout Africa" (WAZA Conservation Project).
WWF Spain Calls for Ex-situ Programme to Save the European Mink.
June 15, 2016
The European mink (Mustela lutreola) is listed as critically endangered (IUCN Red List) and it is threatened by habitat loss, over-exploitation and competition with the invasive American mink (Neovison vison).
WWF Spain has warned there are fewer than 500 European minks left in Spain and that an urgent ex-situ conservation programme is needed to save this species in the country. Other actions, like national surveys and forbidding the farming of American minks, are also needed.
There is an European breeding programme for the species, coordinated by Tallinn Zoo and a WAZA conservation project to breed and reintroduce this species into its former range in Estonia. Similar actions are needed for Spain.
© Photo by Tallinn Zoo.
"In defence of zoos: How captivity helps conservation" by Dr. Samantha Ward
June 02, 2016
Dr. Samantha Ward, Zoo Biology Lecturer at Nottingham Trent University, has written an article in response to the anti-zoo movement that has been created after the accident with the gorilla last weekend, at Cincinnati Zoo.
According to Dr. Ward, modern zoos are no longer focussed in "human entertainment" - they also play a vital role in conservation, research and education. Animal enclosures are no longer "small cages" but have improved to much greater animal welfare standards. Some species are not extinct today thanks to captive breeding and the work of zoos (e.g. Arabian oryx, Przewalski's horse, golden lion tamarin).
"So next time you decide to visit a zoo, take a deeper look at the animal care and information that is provided for you. You may become a defender of zoos and the vital work they do. But please: don’t enter their enclosures."
ALPZA Annual Report (2015/2016)
May 26, 2016
The Annual Report (2015-2016) of the Asociación Latinoamericana de Parques Zoológicos y Acuarios (ALPZA) is now out. This Association, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, promotes the connection and collaboration between Latin American zoos, in order to conserve biodiversity, at a regional and global scale.
ALPZA is partnered with World Association of Zoos and Aquariums, EAZA and Zoo Conservation Outreach Group - This allows for an exchange of financial and technical resources, which aims to improve animal welfare in zoos, facilitate access to scientific research and promote a global conservation strategy for threatened species.
Critically Endangered Sumatran Rhino Born In Indonesia
May 12, 2016
A female Sumatran rhino (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis) calf was born at the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary (Indonesia). This is the 2nd birth of a Sumatran rhino at this sanctuary, since it was established by International Rhino Foundation, in 1997.
Ratu, a 14-year-old female, gave birth to a male in 2012, and now a female. The whole birth was closely monitored by veterinarians, keepers and international advisors. Andalas, the newborn's father, was born at Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden in 2001.
With fewer than 100 individuals left in the wild, this is great news for the survival of this species, which is listed as "Critically Endangered" in the IUCN Red List.
Kansas City Zoo: Recycling Animal Poo
April 25, 2016
Kansas City Zoo produces an organic fertiliser out of its herbivores' faeces. This potent fertiliser is used in the zoo's own plants but it is also sold every spring and fall. It takes around two years for the faeces to turn into the compost, which is initially produced by mixing faeces with plant matter. It is left to decompose and every 3 months it has to be mixed up, so it is infused with oxygen.
Elephants and rhinos produce the highest quantities but other animals like zebras and elands contribute as well. This is an effective and useful way of disposing of waste.
Animal Keeper Killed by Tiger at Palm Beach Zoo
April 16, 2016
Stacey Konwiser, lead tiger keeper at Palm Beach Zoo, was mauled to death by a Malayan tiger. The incident happened yesterday afternoon, around 2 pm, in an off-exhibit area.
She had been working at the zoo for three years and she was very experienced at working with tigers. Nothing suggests she has done something out of the ordinary at the time of the attack.
"I kind of referred to her as a tiger whisperer. They spoke to each other in a language that only they could understand. And I can't put into words or make you understand for anyone who didn't know Stacey how much she loved these tigers and how much this zoo family loved her. And while she's no longer with us, her memory will live on." said Naki Carter, zoo spokeswoman.
This subspecies of tiger is critically endangered and this zoo is part of an ex-situ conservation programme to save it from extinction.
Paignton Zoo Receives Only Kiwi in the UK
April 07, 2016
Paignton Zoo Environmental Park has the only kiwi in the UK. The Northern Brown kiwi, Apteryx mantelli, is an Endangered species from New Zealand.
Manu, a five year old male, was sent from Frankfurt Zoo, in Germany, so zoo keepers can develop husbandry skills for this species. They can then apply to receive a female and hold a pair.
Two White Rhinos Poached at a South African Zoo
April 06, 2016
Two white rhinos were found dead and dehorned at Bloemfontein Zoo, South Africa.
A field ranger found their bodies in the morning - they had both been shot to death. Bloemfontein police is looking for suspects and asking for information on the case.
Smallest of Cincinnati Zoo's Cheetah Cubs has Died!
March 30, 2016
One of the five cubs born on the 8th of March, at Cincinnati Zoo, has not survived. It was the smallest of the litter - the other four are still receiving critical care at the zoo's Nursery.
“The male cub had significant issues and was not processing the formula. The difficult circumstances under which the cubs were born, their low birth weights, underdeveloped systems and the absence of immunities the mom’s colostrum would have provided have made their first weeks of life challenging.” Dr. Mark Campbell, Director of Animal Health at the Cincinnati Zoo.
No More Captive Killer Whales at SeaWorld!
March 17, 2016
SeaWorld has announced they will stop breeding killer whales in captivity. They will keep the ones currently at the aquarium, for education purposes (as they would not survive in the wild) but these will be the last generation of captive orcas.
SeaWorld has also commited to become the world's leading marine animal rescue organisation over the next five years, dedicating $50 million to that cause.
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