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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Since 2021, Slottsskogen Zoo and local partners in the city of Gothenburg, supported by the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, have developed a project promoting threatened pollinators and raising awareness of their importance within ecosystems.
As part of a larger nature park, the zoo has many good opportunities to carry out management measures for pollinators, such as the development of fruit groves, the creation of meadows and sand beds, or the decision to leave dead wood.
To create a management plan, more knowledge is necessary. A major inventory of species and habitats is thus currently carried out. Previous studies conducted by university students showed, among other things, that there are 397 insect-pollinated plant species in the park*. A low proportion of these bloom in early spring and early autumn, meaning one measure to promote pollinators could be to increase the number of plants with such flowering pattern.
To inspire others to act and increase efforts for pollinators, the project also includes communication actions: an information path was created, lessons for school classes and thematic days for the public are organized. World Biodiversity Day on 21-22 May 2022 was the perfect occasion to directly involve them in pollinator conservation by making seed bombs and insect hotels, attending guided tours etc.
* The report is published on the University of Gothenburg’s website.
Find here the latest achievements of the projects highlighted in 2021 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.