|• Model species
Two species of grebes are kept in European zoos, the Little Grebe and the Black-necked Grebe. These species act as ‘model species’ for the family allowing us to develop expertise on grebe captive management techniques and produce best practice guidelines. The further development of grebe specific husbandry expertise will not only allow us to better manage the populations within EAZA, it will also allow us to support the direct conservation action for threatened grebe species in-situ. Additionally, given the absence of an IUCN Special Group for grebes it was deemed important for the grebes to have more attention.
• Conservation education
Grebes make excellent ambassadors for wetlands, highlighting the biodiversity of this habitat and captivating people through their bright nuptial plumages and courtship displays. A cornerstone of this EEP is to support the in-situ actions to conserve threatened grebe species. European grebe species kept within EAZA will act as Flagships for more threatened Grebe species around the world. This EEP is currently supporting partners leading the conservation efforts for the Critically Endangered Hooded Grebe and we have begun discussions to support work on the Critically Endangered Junin Grebe.