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 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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Located in the heart of the dry forest ecosystem, the Chaparri mountain (Peru) is home to remarkable biodiversity, including the spectacled bear, the only bear species in South America. The local community and wildlife photographer Heinz Plenge created the Chaparri Ecological Reserve, managed through the Tu Tierra and ACOTURCH associations to protect this unique ecosystem and help local populations by promoting a sustainable and positive cohabitation.
Among their many activities, they monitor spectacled bear but also Andean condor, white-winged penelope, collared peccary, Guayaquil squirrel, Tayra, deer and small-eared fox populations.
They acquired a herd of free-ranging llamas and built an ecomuseum, interpretation centre and vivarium as a place to raise awareness of local biodiversity among local communities.
They started ecotourism activities, such as ecolodge, visit of the reserve and the Ruta de los Encantos (a pilgrimage path).
They also developed beehives in favour of Melipona bees, fighting against the cutting of trees to recover honey, allowing a passive restoration of the dry forest ecosystem and developing an income generating activity.
For more than 20 years, Bioparc Doué la Fontaine has been the major financial supporter of Tu Tierra. They also sent staff to Peru for administrative support, helped publish a book about the biodiversity in Chaparri, produced the documentary "Nature in heritage" to be broadcasted this year, and raise awareness of the bears among their visitors through events.
Tatiana Beuchat will explain more about the bee project at the EAZA Conservation Forum 2022. If you are attending the event, don’t miss her talk!
To read more about the project, visit the EAZA Conservation Database.
* EAZA Members Ecozonia and Maubeuge Zoo also supported the project in 2021.