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

Wildlife Conservation

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.

EAZA members:

  • provide financial and human resources to help field conservation projects protect wild animals and their habitats
  • work to ensure that many of the most endangered species populations in our zoos and aquariums are intensively managed to ensure their survival
  • participate in EAZA conservation campaigns that draw our visitors' attention to the crisis in nature, raise funds and promote public involvement in conservation
  • collaborate wherever possible with partners such as the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) to provide assistance to their conservation activities
  • conduct research which provides valuable insights into the protection of wild populations

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.

EAZA Conservation Database

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. Each month we highlight one of the projects or activities from the database.

Conservation Database Snapshot of December: European Souslik


Since 2008, Prague Zoo supports the Nature Conservation Agency of the Czech Republic (AOPK) for an Action Plan for the conservation of European Ground Squirrels (Spermophilus citellus). Hluboká Zoo, Brno Zoo and the Rescue Center Vlašim have joined the project since 2015.
Considered a pest until the 1950s, a decline in the wild population was then observed throughout Europe with the species going extinct in Germany and Poland in the 1960s and 1980s, respectively. The action plan coordinated by the AOPK focuses on habitat restoration and on usage of captive-bred individuals to establish stable wild populations. 
In 2016, 57 wild animals from Slovakia were brought to Czech zoos, where their breeding is carefully managed. The young are then released in monitored areas, where holes have been dug and are protected by cages. The squirrels can dig themselves out or choose to stay in these tunnels. A total of 285 animals have been released so far!

Find more details about their latest projects in the EAZA Conservation Database.

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2018 Snapshot updates

Find here the latest achievements of the projects highlighted in 2018 for the Conservation Database Snapshots. For a better view, click on the image. 

Snapshots update 2017