Zoos and conservation – working together through 21st Century Tiger
Modern zoos are major contributors to the conservation of wild animals through:
- in country field projects
- zoo based education and awareness raising
- zoo based fundraising
- veterinary skills and biological information transfered to field programmes
- breeding programmes to preserve genetic diversity
Zoos have a responsibility to the species in their collections and many regional zoo associations expect zoos to commit to funding in situ conservation projects.
Both the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA) and the Zoo and Aquarium Association (Australasia) (formerly known as ARAZPA) have run highly successful regional fundraising campaigns for tigers, raising well over three-quarters of a million euros in two years, and many individual zoos continue the effort.
21st Century Tiger would like to thank EAZA, Zoo and Aquarium Association (Australasia) and all participating zoos for their contributions, which make such a huge difference to tiger conservation.
Between 2002 and 2004, the EAZA Tiger Campaign in European zoos raised over three-quarters of a million euros.
Zoo and Aquarium Association Australasia previously know as ARAZPA launched a parallel tiger campaign during 2003 with 21st Century Tiger and more than AU$100,000 was raised by seven Australasian zoos!
Many animal species are threatened with extinction. Zoos do not only keep such species in their custody with a view to maintaining ex situ reserve populations, but increasingly link their ex situ activities with conservation projects in the field.
Zoos and Aquariums of the WAZA Network manage and support such “in situ” conservation projects in all parts of the world to contribute to the maintenance of the great variety of nature. 21st Century Tiger aims to have all its projects endorsed by WAZA.
*The Global Reach of Zoos and Aquariums in Visitor Numbers and Conservation Expenditures. By Markus Gusset and Gerald Dick. World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) Executive Office, Gland, Switzerland.