EAZA members work from the assumption that we can, and are obliged, to do whatever is possible to protect nature, both in the field and in our institutions
In recent years, our effect on the planet has been devastating, with a massive decline in animal numbers and habitats across the globe. EAZA has never believed that keeping animals in our institutions replaces action in the wild - but experience also shows us that the knowledge and finance that we and our visitors can provide to field conservation projects can make a huge difference. EAZA believes that zoos and aquariums form one pillar of the structure that is needed to safeguard the future.
Our approach to species conservation, called the One Plan approach, recognises that zoos and in situ conservationists need not only to work together to protect animals, but also to engage the public of their communities to take the lead in demanding action from authorities, governments, corporations and themselves so that together we can reduce the stress on endangered species and their habitats.
In short, EAZA believes that the future of nature depends on all of us; and that EAZA zoos and aquariums can act as a portal for their local communities into conservation across the world.
The EAZA Conservation Database is an online tool to facilitate communication on conservation efforts of our Members within as well as outside of the zoo and aquarium community. Click here to visit the EAZA Conservation Database (Members only)
Interested in what projects, species and activities have been supported by EAZA Members and where these take place? The EAZA Conservation Map uses information from the EAZA Conservation Database to provide visitors of our website an insight. Click on the map to explore it! Functionalities within the EAZA Conservation Map are continually improving as our Members are making their information available over time.
The information represented in the EAZA Conservation Map is based on information provided by EAZA Members in the EAZA Conservation Database and believed to be reliable. EAZA makes a diligent effort to provide a complete and accurate representation of the data in reports, publications, and services. However, EAZA does not guarantee the accuracy, adequacy, or completeness of any information. EAZA disclaims all liability for errors or omissions that may exist and shall not be liable for any incidental, consequential, or other damages (whether resulting from negligence or otherwise) including, without limitation, exemplary damages or lost profits arising out of or in connection with the use of this information. No part of information gathered from the EAZA Conservation Map may be reproduced for use in hard copy, machine-readable or other forms without advance written permission from EAZA and the EAZA Members from which the information originates.
WildCats Conservation Alliance (WCA) is an initiative of the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) and Dreamworld Wildlife Foundation channeling public and zoo support for wild tiger and Amur leopard conservation projects. Out of their 103 WCA projects in 5 tiger range countries within Asia, the Kerinci Seblat Sumatran Tiger Protection Project is carried out in Indonesia, led by Fauna & Flora International.
It is estimated that 350 – 400 Sumatran tigers survive in the wild, of which more than 150 are found in and around Kerinci Seblat National Park (KSNP). This project, funded by zoo contributions* since 2000, strives to secure a sustained, natural increase in this tiger population by reducing the threats to the tigers, their prey, and their habitat.
Working in collaboration with park authorities, police and local communities, this project has combatted illegal trafficking of tigers and their parts, mitigated human-wildlife conflict, responded to wildlife emergencies, and worked to secure key tiger habitat in and around the park. Thanks to the support of zoos, the project saw a stabilisation and increase in the population of Sumatran tigers since it began!
To read more about the project, visit the EAZA Conservation Database. And don’t forget, 2022 is the Year of the Tiger: the perfect occasion to learn more about tiger conservation!
* These EAZA Members supported WCA’s projects in 2020/2021 (as reported in the Conservation Database): ZSL London Zoo, ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, La Barben Zoo, Parco Natura Viva, Wilhelma Zoo, Welsh Mountain Zoo, Paradise Wildlife Park, Bellewaerde, Kolmården Zoo, Besançon Zoo, Orsa Zoo, Walter Zoo, Zoo des Sables d'Olonne, Mulhouse Zoo, Knowsley Safari Park, Tallinn Zoo, Parc Animalier d'Auvergne, NaturZoo Rheine, Shepreth Wildlife Park, Drayton Manor Park, Banham Zoo, Aalborg Zoo.