General info

The ZOO has now for decades played a significant role in protection of endangered animal species. Today, mere keeping of rare animals in captivity is not enough. The fundamentals should be the protection of natural eco-systems and protection of endangered species, in the area where they grow, known as protection in situ. 

In order that we may fulfil this important mission, it is very important that we maintain membership in the following organizations:
 

 

  

 

 

ENDANGERED PROGRAMS
The task of rescue programs in Zoological gardens must protect those species that are near or are threatened with extinction. The European Endangered programs are under the auspices of the EAZA and world-wide then under the WAZA.

Saddle Billed Storks

Southern Cassowary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Brazilian TapirsSUPPORT OF PROJECTS

Our ZOO is among the few ZOOs in Central and Eastern Europe and animal protection organizations that participate in an extensive project of tapirs’ protection. We have contributed $1,500.00 to organize a symposium of research scientists from the entire South American continent and have also contributed to the activity under the Fund to Save the Tapirs. The fund was created in 2003. Its principal task is to obtain finances for support of individual research and rescue activities.

 

INTERNATIONAL CAMPAIGNS
From 2000 on, EAZA regularly declares international campaigns. It is trying to inform the public about problems concerning selected group of animals or protected territory. The very first one was the Bush Meat Campaign to stop hunting rare and endangered species in the tropical forests of Africa. This was followed by campaigns to save the South American Rain Forest, tigers, turtles, the Island of Madagascar, amhibians and European Carnivores. 

                                                              2011 - APE CAMPAIGN

The EAZA Ape Campaign focuses attention on the apes, the issues they face and the urgency with which we must act. Through the support of EAZA membership and the campaign partners we will work to improve their survival and leave a lasting legacy for ape conservation. 

Campaign Aim: To make a significant and lasting contribution to the continued survival of apes and their habitats.
 
Main Campaign Objectives:
1. To increase habitat protection and reduce habitat loss
2. To reduce hunting and trade of apes, both live and dead
3. To change consumer behaviour to reduce pressure on apes and their habitats
4. To raise €1 million to establish a lasting fund providing ongoing financial support to ape conservation 

The Campaign covers all ape species; great apes and gibbons. It will achieve its objectives through raising awareness of the issues apes face, lobbying decision-makers and key influencers about these issues, and raising funds to support conservation projects. It will focus on the key issues of habitat loss and trade, both within range states and internationally, and control of diseases affecting wild apes.