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.
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In 2020, Slottsskogen Zoo started to get involved in the conservation work of the Arctic fox (Vulpes lagopus) in cooperation with the Arctic fox project “Fellesfjellrev” and WWF Sweden.
The Arctic fox is found in Arctic and subarctic areas around the northern hemisphere – in Siberia, North America, Greenland, Svalbard - a Norwegian archipelago -and Iceland. Relatively common in both the Norwegian and Swedish mountains up until the start of the 1900s, the species became endangered in Sweden due to extensive hunting. The population hasn’t recovered yet and still faces challenges such as small and isolated populations, climate change, competition with the red fox (Vulpes vulpes) and disturbances from people.
Slottsskogen Zoo does not present the species, however it receives many visitors and thus is able to increase knowledge and awareness about the species’ threats and how they can be reduced. The staff created an information station for adults and a thematic exploration trail for children. They arrange thematic days for children and lectures for adults. The species has also been included in one of the zoo’s school programme that focuses on climate change.
Finally, visitors are encouraged to make donations contributing to WWF’s fieldwork where they, among other things, supply the foxes with food to improve the survival of litters. The Felles Fjellrev project activities also involve mapping of dens, annual inventories and control of regenerations, and reduction of the number of competing red foxes in certain arctic fox areas. So far the results have been positive!
To read more about the project, visit the EAZA Conservation Database and the “Fellesfjellrev” website!
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