Engagement in nature conservation and species protection

More important than ever: The zoo as an information center for nature conversation and species protection.

By name plates the attention is drawn in a manifold manner to the threat of animal species and living spaces. One thing is to inform and to wake up humans, doing something is another. Here there exists a close cooperation between the zoos all over Europe, even world-wide (memberships of the Zoo am Meer in the EAZA, European Association of Zoos and Aquaria and WAZA, World Association of Zoos and Aquaria).

By this way it is tried to preserve animals which are threatened to be died out by a coordinated re-stud in the context of national and international programs, f.e. EEP, European Endangered Species Programme and ESB European Studbook
and ISB International Studbook.

In case there are suitable living spaces existing re-stud animals are placed at disposal for the reintroduction projects. The re-stud of non-endangered animal species prevents much the catching of wild-living representatives of these species.

Membership in EEP for

  • White-fronted Marmoset
  • Humboldt Penguin
  • Polar bears


Membership in studbooks for

  • Northern Gannet
  • Keas
  • Chimpanzees
  • South American Sea-lions

Besides the stud of endangered animal species in zoological gardens it is even more important to provide some contribution that animal species in free preserves do not die out in any case and that the reasons for the threat are combated directly in situ.

Projects being supported

1. Help for Humboldt Penguins

World-wide at the coasts of Chile and Peru there are only left approx. 12.000 brood couples of the Humboldt Penguins. This species is endangered to die out.

More information

2. Help for Chimpanzees

An initiative to save the Chimpanzees and the rain forests of West Africa

More information

3. Help for in water living mammals of South America

yaqu pacha was founded in 1992 with the aim to protect the in water living mammals of South America and to keep their living spaces. Right now there are still living numerous whales, dolphins, otters, seals and sea-cows. But the environmental contamination, the clearing of the rain forest, floating and anchored nets are threatening the sensible ecological system. More information

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