Conservation of Animals at Dublin Zoo - Dublin Zoo, Ireland.

Conservation & Zoos

Animals in zoos act as flagship species for ecosystems and help raise awareness and generate funds for conservation.

Dublin Zoo is a member of BIAZA (British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums), EAZA (European Association of Zoos and Aquaria) and WAZA (World Association of Zoos and Aquariums). These organisations encourage cooperation between zoos and they also represent zoos at an international level e.g. European Union, IUCN (International Union on Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources). These zoo organisations also set high standards for animal care in their member zoos and aquaria.

British Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums  EAZA World Association of Zoos and Aquariums

Breeding  programmes

Dublin Zoo actively participates with international breeding programmes. Some of these breeding programmes operate at an international level while others work on a regional level.

As part of Dublin Zoo’s membership of EAZA, Dublin Zoo has around 40 species involved in international breeding programmes. By running breeding programmes EAZA can monitor the demographics and genetics of animal populations in over 300 member zoos. The success of many of these programmes has meant that most animals in zoos were born in zoos and some of these zoo-bred animals have been part of reintroduction programmes into the wild e.g. golden lion tamarind and scimitar-horned oryx. These zoo populations have also yielded a lot of valuable information on diet, reproduction and behaviour through zoo-based research.

Dublin Zoo currently coordinates three breeding programmes; for Goeldi’s monkeys (Callimico goeldii), Moluccan cockatoos (Cacatua moluccensis) and citron-crested cockatoos (Cacatua sulphurea citroncristata).

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