Southeast Asia Campaign 2012/13
Our southeast Asia Campaign is running for a second year!
Southeast Asia is one of the most biodiverse regions in the world, home to much loved animals such as the Sumatran Tiger, the Asian Elephant, Bornean and Sumatran Orangutans and the Sumatran Rhino.
But the biodiversity of Southeast Asia is at risk. Due to threats such as illegal trade and habitat loss large species in particular have been identified as being in rapid decline, and without immediate action could disappear forever.
There are many threatened species in this region which are still relatively unknown.
Have you ever heard of the Saola? Probably not. Only described in 1993, the Saola was one of the most spectacular discoveries of the 20th Century.
And there’s a whole host of lesser known species which are threatened with extinction; the proboscis monkey, the Roti Island Snake-necked Turtle, the spectacular Mekong Giant Catfish and the magical hornbills.
Last year, the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA) joined forces with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and Species Survival Commission (SSC) to launch the Southeast Asia Campaign.
The campaign was a huge success and Chester Zoo raised a massive €10,000 – and received a Gold Award from EAZA. Thank you to everyone that supported our activities.
At the 2012 Annual Conference, EAZA announced that the campaign would run for a second year until September 2013. Watch this space for more Southeast Asia activities and events being added to the 2013 calendar!
More information on the campaign aims and projects
If you want to help conserve the species of Southeast Asia, visit our fundraising page on the Everyday Hero to make a donation.