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 and coordinate cooperation and 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.
Projet Primates France
Created in 2008 by Zoo Le Pal, the ‘Le Pal Nature Foundation’ has the vocation to ‘conserve the biodiversity all over the world’ and supports conservation projects in France and abroad. One of these projects is ‘Projet Primates France’, which develops educational programs to alert the public about the risk of the disappearance of different primate species. They also assist the “Chimpanzee Conservation Center”, a chimpanzee sanctuary and rehabilitation project in Guinea, West Africa. The center rehabilitates and cares for rescued chimpanzees who have been captured to be sold as pets after their mothers were killed for bushmeat. The ultimate goal is to release these animals back into the wild.
In 2009, one of the zoo keepers of Zoo Le Pal went to the Chimpanzee Conservation Center in Guinea for one month to care of the orphaned chimpanzees and get a better understanding of the needs of the center. Since then the Le Pal Nature Foundation has sent equipment, building materials and medicines and purchased a truck to help facilitate the supplying of food and materials to the center.
Photo credit: Chimpanzee Conservation Center