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 and coordinate cooperation and communication on conservation efforts of our members within as well as outside of the zoo and aquarium community. Each month we highlight one of the projects or activities from the database.
Since 2006, Ostrava Zoo has been supporting the “Return of the Golden eagle” project. The objective is to return the locally extinct Golden eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) to the Moravskoslezské Beskydy area in the Czech Republic and create a stable nesting population which connects to the existing populations in the Carpathes. Using the fact that the second chick of a Golden eagle nest is always killed by its older sibling or parent (cainism), a number of these individuals were carefully selected and translocated from Slovakia to a rescue centre for release. By 2013, the first successful nesting of Golden eagles was recorded in the Czech Republic after more than 100 years!
Picture credit: Enrico Gombala