Conservation & Research

The world’s wildlife is under threat. And we're playing a big part in the battle to protect threatened species and habitats.

Scientists reckon a third of all animal and plant species on Earth face a high risk of extinction within this century. Extinction: that’s it. Gone - forever.

We have to fight back. And we are. Our mission is to be a major force in conserving biodiversity worldwide, and we do it through a combination of field conservation, research, conservation breeding, animal welfare, and education.

There’s a worldwide network of zoos, who join forces to co-ordinate conservation work.

We belong to a number of UK, European and international organisations, including the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA), the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA) and the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA).

We work together to co-ordinate breeding programmes, help zoos do more for conservation, and keep standards high in every zoo.

Follow the links below and find out more about our vital conservation work and the partners we work with, in the UK and worldwide.

  • Save Endangered Animals

    ACT NOW and help us save endangered animals in the wild. You don’t have to be a research scientist working in the wild to make a massive difference.

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  • Field Conservation

    From protecting threatened UK species to reducing conflict between humans and elephants in India, we support a huge range of work out in the wild.

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  • Our Research

    We carry out world-renowned scientific research relating to animals, plants and people, in areas from animal behaviour to nutrition and environmental education.

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  • Your Research

    Find out how you can join the many researchers, academics and students who come to Chester Zoo every year, or collaborate with us on research.

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  • Breeding

    Most of the species at Chester Zoo are involved in breeding programmes, and we also support breeding and reintroduction programmes overseas.

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  • Conservation Campaigns

    As well as having our own campaigning arm Act for Wildlife, we get involved with other important campaigns, like the annual EAZA campaigns.

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  • Resources

    Our staff have produced a huge range of publications and technical reports. Find out more about these and our other research resources here.

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  • Latest Field News

    Catch up with all the latest news from our conservation projects in the field.

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