356 European zoos and aquaria collaborating to make a difference
In the field or in the zoo, what binds us all is a passion for wildlife.
Zoos and aquariums reach hundreds of millions of people all over the world. The great majority of the people live in urban areas and have little to no contact with nature. Education - explaining the irreplaceable value of the entire biological system of our planet and all of its constituent components - is a most powerful tool in raising the level of general awareness.
EAZA and its members employ and work with some of the continent’s leading experts in biology, population management, genetics, animal husbandry, conservation psychology and many other fields, all working to understand how to protect species and their habitats.
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 supervises and administrates specialist programmes aimed at conserving healthy populations of animals in captivity while safeguarding the genetic health of the animals under our care.