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 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, Nordens Ark, supported by County Administrative Board of Stockholm, launched a project focusing on Long-horned beetles (Plagionotus detritus), a local species, listed as endangered – on the Swedish Red List - due to the loss of forests.
After developing breeding methods and creating an ex situ population, their goal is to annually reintroduce the species into suitable habitat in recently restored areas - Kalmar and Uppsala - and in the long-term create a self-sustaining population.
So far, around 300 adult beetles have been released. In addition, oak trunks from the zoo have been placed at the reintroduction localities; they contain larvae ready to hatch the same season or the year after.
A survey will be launched in the next few years using an artificial pheromone - developed by Nordens Ark and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences – to attract the beetles and assess the development of the population.