Conservation projects

Modern zoos’ journey into the future goes far beyond the scope of zoos today and the global zoo and aquarium conservation strategy plays an important role on this path. Zoos and conservation organizations across the world joined forces in the global zoo and aquarium conservation strategy years ago. The stated aim of all participants is to play their part in protecting and preserving global natural habitats, along with the plants and animals that live in them, that still exist today. The strategy involves more than just paying lip service and it places obligations on the participants. Many of the objectives, achievements and standards formulated by the strategy are already part of the traditions that have been fostered at Basel zoological gardens for many years. For example, the Etoscha, Gamgoas and Australis enclosures bring biological and ecological backgrounds to life for the purpose of the strategy. Nature’s food chain is presented in the Etoscha house and the Gamgoas house is characterized by the conflict-ridden relationship between human beings and nature. Australis gives an insight into the unique world of animal reproduction on the Australian continent. The opening mentioned also includes Basel Zoo’s financial investments in scientific projects.

The Somali wild ass is the most endangered equidae species. Its numbers fell by more than 90% between 1992 and 2012. The Somali wild ass can now only be found in Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia. The wild ass project in Eritrea plays an important role in the protection of the Somali wild ass. It provides valuable information for researching the animal’s biology and understanding the demands it places on its habitat. Thanks to the results, provisions can be drawn up for safeguarding the sub-areas. The aims are to preserve the ecosystem, protect the wild ass and secure the natural resources for the local population over the long term. Basel Zoo has supported the project since 2013.



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