Wildlife conservation is a huge concern across the globe.
Species are under threat from pollution, illegal wildlife trade, habitat destruction and climate change, and worst of all, almost all these threats have been caused by people.
Paignton Zoo is part of the Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust and it is our mission to conserve biodiversity by protecting threatened animals, plants and their environments, locally and internationally.
Both Paignton Zoo and the Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust are conservation, research and education charities and we support many conservation projects around the world.
We are part of a worldwide network of zoos called the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) and work together to do more for conservation and help co-ordinate breeding programmes for endangered species. As part of this, Paignton Zoo collaborates with other zoos across the world, exchanging animals to prevent inbreeding and ensure that healthy genetic diversity is maintained.
We also belong to UK and European organisations which include: the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA) and the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA).
To find out more about our conservation, breeding and environmental efforts take a look at the below boxes.
Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust
In addition to owning Newquay Zoo, Living Coasts and Paignton Zoo, the Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust also owns Slapton Ley National Nature Reserve and two local nature reserves in Paignton (Primely Park and Clennon Gorge).
The Field Conservation & Research department co-ordinates the involvement of all the zoos in wildlife conservation projects both in the UK and overseas, as well as managing scientific research projects within the zoos and reserves, on topics such as animal behaviour, nutrition, enrichment and ecology.
Follow the links below or visit Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust's own website for more information on conservation projects and zoo and reserve-based research:
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