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

Wildlife Conservation

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.

EAZA Members:

  • provide financial and human resources to help field conservation projects protect wild animals and their habitats
  • work to ensure that many of the most endangered species populations in our zoos and aquariums are intensively managed to ensure their survival
  • participate in EAZA conservation campaigns that draw our visitors' attention to the crisis in nature, raise funds and promote public involvement in conservation
  • collaborate wherever possible with partners such as the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) to provide assistance to their conservation activities
  • conduct research which provides valuable insights into the protection of wild populations

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.

EAZA Conservation Database and Map

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. Click here to visit the EAZA Conservation Database (Members only)

Interested in what projects, species and activities have been supported by EAZA Members and where these take place? The EAZA Conservation Map uses information from the EAZA Conservation Database to provide visitors of our website an insight. Click on the map to explore it! Functionalities within the EAZA Conservation Map are continually improving as our Members are making their information available over time. 

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The information represented in the EAZA Conservation Map is based on information provided by EAZA Members in the EAZA Conservation Database and believed to be reliable. EAZA makes a diligent effort to provide a complete and accurate representation of the data in reports, publications, and services. However, EAZA does not guarantee the accuracy, adequacy, or completeness of any information. EAZA disclaims all liability for errors or omissions that may exist and shall not be liable for any incidental, consequential, or other damages (whether resulting from negligence or otherwise) including, without limitation, exemplary damages or lost profits arising out of or in connection with the use of this information. No part of information gathered from the EAZA Conservation Map may be reproduced for use in hard copy, machine-readable or other forms without advance written permission from EAZA and the EAZA Members from which the information originates.

Conservation Database Snapshot of November: Kākāpō Recovery

The Kākāpō Strigopshabroptilus is a large, nocturnal and flightless parrot. Endemic to New Zealand, the species is listed as Critically Endangered and it survives only as a very small population on three offshore islands. Main threats include competition with invasive alien species and diseases. 


EAZA Member Auckland Zoo has been supporting the conservation of Kākāpō for three decades. In 1992, the zoo achieved a world-first, successfully hand-rearing kākāpō chick, which was transferred there when poor summer weather impactedrimu (Dacrydiumcupressinum) tree fruiting. 


Since 2008, the Veterinary Services team has been a principal veterinary advisor to the New Zealand’s Department of Conservation’s Kākāpō Recovery.Exsitu veterinary support (>6,000 hours in the last 10 years!) has involved the hospitalisation of sick kākāpō for advanced diagnostics and treatment at the Auckland Zoo’s New Zealand Centre for Conservation Medicine, with hospitalisations ranging from 24 hours to 12 months. Year-round technical advice is provided on topics including preventative medicine, disease investigations and risk analyses. 


An especially critical period for exsitu support was during the 2019 outbreak of aspergillosis outbreak (a fungal respiratory disease). The zoo contributed an extra 2,000 staff and volunteer hours alone and WAZA institutions contributed a further 2,000 person hours as part of the zoo’s emergency response. The team at Auckland Zoo assessed 27 of the 48 birds that required diagnostics. Of the 21 birds found to be affected, 6 were successfully treated by them (another 6 elsewhere, while others were fatallyimpacted).  


The in situ species recovery work includes artificial incubation and hand-rearing, annual transmitter changes and veterinary health checks on wild birds. Since 2012, the in situwork by veterinary and specialist birdkeeping staff has reached 10,244 hours, and to date the Auckland Zoo Conservation Fund has contributed $112,500 to support kākāpō conservation in the wild, primarily on TeHauturu-o-Toi (Little Barrier Island). 


To read more about this project, visit the EAZA Conservation Database and Auckland Zoo’s webpage.


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2022 Snapshot updates

Find here the latest achievements of the projects highlighted in 2022 for the Conservation Database Snapshots. For a better view, click on the image. For more information about our Members' conservation work, visit our Conservation map.

2022 snapshot