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 2014, Ménagerie du Jardin des Plantes has been supporting the conservation of Binturong (Acrtictis binturong) through the Arctictis Binturong Conservation Association (ABConservation). Very little research has been done on binturongs and there is a lack of knowledge about their distribution, status of populations, genetics, and behaviour in their natural environment. Palawan is a very interesting place to study binturongs, first of all because it is the only island in Philippines were they occur and secondly because it is a subspecies very different from other populations. The ABConservation developed a research project that aims to increase the knowledge on Palawan binturongs through field surveys and ecological studies in South Asia, using camera traps and radio-tracking.
Photo credit: ABConservation