Latest News, Projects & Initiatives

Zoo-Bred European Bison Sent for Reintroduction in National 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 Reintroduced 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

Fourty 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 efforts are re-establishing populations in their native range.

Several Bushfire Recovery Projects Will be Funded by the 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.

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