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 2002, Chester Zoo has been supporting the work of the Lowland Tapir Conservation Initiative (LTCI) in the Brazilian Atlantic Forest, Pantanal and Cerrado. Over the years, other EAZA Members, such as Copenhagen zoo, Givskud Zoo – ZOOTOPIA, ZooParc de Beauval, Parc Animalier d'Auvergne, have joined the project and/or support LTCPI through the EAZA and AZA Tapir Taxon Advisory Groups.
The LTCI uses tapirs as ambassadors for catalysing habitat conservation and protection, environmental education, outreach and awareness, training and capacity-building, and scientific tourism initiatives. Coordinated by Patrícia Medici of Instituto de Pesquisas Ecológicas, tapir research and conservation programmes are carried out in all four Brazilian biomes in which they are found, and to develop and implement biome-based Tapir Action Plans. National communication and outreach initiatives, such as campaigns, are organised to apply their scientific findings.