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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.

Endangered Persian Leopards Born at Lisbon Zoo

November 12, 2019

Three endangered Persian leopard cubs were born at Lisbon Zoo last May. This zoo is the European breeding programme coordinator (EEP) for this subspecies and has sent a pair to the Sochi breeding centre (Russia) in 2013, as part of on-going plans to reintroduce captive-bred animals back into the Caucasus.

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.

Enclosure Design Tool: Enabling Wildtype Behaviours in Captive Animals

November 08, 2019

Did you know the "Chimpanzee Eden" enclosure at Twycross Zoo, featured in the photo, was designed in collaboration with the University of Birmingham​, under the “Enclosure Design Tool (EDT)” project? The structural complexity within was designed to encourage specific wildtype behaviours and research showed it was successful at doing so! Our director Ricardo’s PhD project also falls under the EDT project and it aims at developing an extension of it to Parrot species, in collaboration with other zoo partners!

Zoo Elephants Helping to Develop Warning Thermal Camera System to Reduce Human-Wildlife Conflicts

November 05, 2019

The elephants at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo​ are helping Arribada conservation tech initiative to develop a warning thermal camera system, which will be used to warn communities of nearby elephants and reduce the risk of injuries and consequent human-wildlife conflicts. Another example of how zoo animals contribute to the conservation of their wild counterparts! 

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