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 2013, Marwell Wildlife and partners have been involved in Grevy’s zebra monitoring and conservation via the involvement of local communities.
Twenty scouts use camera traps and GPS enabled smartphones to collect information on the zebras and other wildlife in the area.
Conservation clubs are organised for schools and “herders” - children who cannot attend school as they look after sheeps and goats during the day - to empower the younger generations in wildlife conservation.
Collaborations with local NGOs, community institutions and Kenya Wildlife Service take place to develop a cohesive management plan for wildlife, specifically Grevy’s zebras, in the remotest part of their Kenyan range.