Belfast Zoo has been a member of the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA) since 2000.
We participate in European breeding programmes and work with other European zoos on annual conservation campaigns run by EAZA.
This year, we will concentrate on supporting the conservation of apes. Almost all apes -gorillas, chimpanzees, bonobos, orangutans and gibbons - are threatened, and almost all are either endangered or critically endangered, facing threats from hunting and trade, habitat destruction and disease.
The aim of the campaign is to make a significant and lasting contribution to the continued survival of apes and their habitats. For more information, visit www.apecampaign.org
The campaign's objectives are:
- to raise awareness of the issues apes face
- to lobby decision-makers about these issues
- to raise funds to support conservation projects, focusing on the key themes of habitat loss and trade, and the control of diseases affecting wild apes.
EAZA has received support for the campaign from the Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP), the Jane Goodall Institute and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) Species Survival Commission.
Previous EAZA campaigns have covered the following topics:
- African bushmeat trade
- Brazilian rainforests
- tiger protection
- shellshock tortoise and turtle protection
- rhino conservation
- amphibian conservation
- European carnivores.