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Our mission is to be a major force in conserving and safeguarding habitats and wildlife to make a significant contribution to their survival in the future.

One of our roles is to create conservation links between captive populations of endangered species being managed ex situ (outside of its natural habitat) and wild populations being managed in situ. We support a number of in situ conservation campaigns.

Tenkile Conservation Alliance 
Belfast Zoo was the first zoo in the UK and Ireland to breed Goodfellow’s tree kangaroo.  

The ultimate goal of the Tenkile Conservation Alliance is to improve health, provide education and to relieve poverty, as well as to protect biodiversity and the cultures of rainforest communities in Papua New Guinea.

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The Lemur Conservation Association (AEECL)
We are home to a number of lemur species, including ring tailed lemurs, red bellied lemurs, white belted ruffed lemurs and crowned sifaka. Madagascar is the fourth largest island in the world and is home to more than 250,000 species, 70 percent of which are found nowhere else in the world. Madagascar has one of the most threatened ecosystems on the planet, leaving many irreplaceable and unique species in danger of extinction.

Working for Madagascar's highly endangered lemurs, through cooperation with the Malagasy people, the AEECL is a charitable organisation run by a consortium of European Zoos and Universities, including Belfast Zoo. 

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Wildlife Conservation Society Nigeria
All apes are endangered or critically endangered and some professionals have even predicted that all species of ape will be extinct within 30 years. Gorilla populations have declined by more than 50 percent in recent decades.

The Cross River gorilla is classified as critically endangered and is the most threatened ape in Africa. Hunted almost to extinction, fewer than 300 Cross River gorillas survive in a small mountainous area. The Wildlife Conservation Society in Nigeria work tirelessly to protect these apes. 

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Bird Watch Ireland barn owl project

Barn owls are native to Northern Ireland but populations have dramatically declined in recent decades. We provide a home for two rescued barn owls, Dawn and Dusk, and you can visit them in the zoo farm. Barn owls are a red-listed ‘bird of conservation concern in Ireland’ due to a decline of over 50 percent in their population during the past 25 years. They are also listed as a Species of European Conservation Concern. 

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Lion tamarins of Brazil Fund

Belfast Zoo is home to golden lion tamarins that are on loan from the government in Brazil. Golden lion tamarins are facing a very high risk of extinction. Action has been taken to protect and preserve the species. In 1992 a golden lion tamarin, born in Belfast Zoo, was part of a group released into the wild in Brazil. The golden lion tamarin and the golden-headed lion tamarin are both listed as “Endangered” in the IUCN Red List, and the black lion tamarin and the black-faced lion tamarin as “Critically Endangered”. 

The Lion Tamarins of Brazil Fund (LTBF) was developed to raise funds for field research activities in support of lion tamarin conservation. 

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Sifaka Conservation Trust 
Belfast Zoo is home to a family of crowned sifakas.  Crowned sifakas are critically endangered in the wild.

The Sifaka Conservation Trust conserves newly discovered populations of sifaka and their habitat by creating new community-based protected areas and connecting the most isolated populations by exchanging individuals between sites.  The trust also rescues individuals living in non-viable forest fragments and organises their transfer to protected sites where protection is implemented.  Education is also key to the work of the trust.

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Guanxi François langur conservation action plan
Belfast Zoo is home to a group of François langur and the studbook for this species is held at Belfast Zoo. It is currently estimated that there are only 1500 to 1,900 individuals remaining in China and Vietnam. The main aim of the project is to halt the declining trend of this species, along with reducing threats and building strong local, national and international support. 

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Asian nature Conservation Foundation – conservation planning for elephants in the Kaziranga-Karbi Aglong landscape in Assam, India
The elephant population of Kaziranga National Park has been estimated at about 1200 individuals. This is a significant proportion as there are only believed to be 10 more populations in the continent with a total of 1000 elephants. 

These elephants are threatened by poaching, development of road and infrastructures and agriculture. The aim of this project is to research the use of ‘corridors’, the elephants’ ranging patterns and conservation planning. The project aims to map the Kaziranga, track the movement of elephants using GPS collars, determine the use of the corridors, map the extent of elephant-human conflicts across the landscape, carry out a socio-economic analysis, and to initiate conservation planning through political processes. 

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Visayan warty pig Conservation Programme run by Philippines Biodiversity Conservation Foundation
The Visayan Warty Pig Conservation Programme (VWPCP) was formally established in 1992 under the auspices of a new Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR, Government of the Philippines) and the Zoological Society of San Diego (ZSSD, USA) to facilitate development and implementation of a wide-range of conservation-related activities. These include wide-ranging surveys and other field research, education awareness campaigns, assistance in the establishment of new protected areas, diverse personnel training and other local capacity-building initiatives. This also includes assistance in the establishment of three local threatened species rescue and breeding centres to establish properly structured conservation breeding programmes. 

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The Red Panda Network
The Red Panda Network is committed to the conservation of wild red pandas and their habitat through the education and empowerment of local communities.

‘Forest Guardians’ is a scheme which hold the key to the future of the red panda.  The scheme works within respective communities to create a Community Forest Network, which empowers local people to protect their forests and the habitats of the red panda.

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Moloch gibbon conservation
The Moloch Gibbon is also known as the silvery or Javan gibbon and originates from the island of Java in Indonesia. With almost 98% of their habitat destroyed, the species faces serious threat of extinction in the near future. 

Threats to their forest habitat include illegal logging, burning of forests for palm oil plantations and encroachment from human population. In addition to this many gibbons are sold into the illegal pet trade. 

Wild populations of gibbon are estimated to be between 400 and 4,000. The Silvery Gibbon Project supports habitat preservation, rehabilitation, reintroduction and education programmes.