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 2015, Wroclaw Zoo has been supporting the conservation of the elusive Saola (Pseudoryx nghetinhensis) through the IUCN SSC Saola Working Group, a part of the Asian Wild Cattle Specialist Group of the IUCN Species Survival Commission. This primitive wild cattle species is endemic to the Annamite mountain (Vietnam and Lao PDR) and on the verge of extinction. The Saola Working Group implements all components in a One Plan Approach: protection of Saola in nature, mentoring and capacity building, partnership building and conservation breeding. The project is planning to build a rescue center for Saola in Bach Ma National Park with the aim of receiving and breeding animals for reintroduction. Wroclaw Zoo is supporting these efforts on the ground through the Wroclaw Zoo Foundation DODO, but also by selling handicrafts that are made of snares collected in Vietnam.