Our conservation activities, both in the Zoo and in the field, are focused on six regions across the globe, which represent some of the planet’s most biodiverse and highly threatened ecosystems. Within each region we select projects and species where our combination of scientific expertise and established networks enable us to make a unique contribution to achieving conservation impact that will ultimately lead to preventing extinction. We work closely with key in-country partners and use the full range of our expertise across the Zoo to help build their capacity and achieve conservation impact on the ground.
Science is at the heart of our conservation work, ensuring it is evidence-based, properly evaluated and effective. We use our scientific research to help in the decision making that improves the management of the animals and plants in our care, influences the sustainability of wild populations and inspires the next generation of conservationists. Our scientific work is organised around our six specialisms which collectively provide us with the ‘toolkit’ for finding conservation solutions that lead to the prevention of extinction. Our conservation and science projects are designed to be integrated, following a ‘one plan’ approach and involving expertise from across our different teams of staff and with a wide range of external partners.
As we continue to deliver our strategic development plan for the Zoo itself, the regions where we focus our work will be represented in the different zones that visitors will experience during a visit. The first of these zones, Islands, is already complete and represents our conservation work to prevent the extinction of species in South-east Asia, in particular Indonesia and the Philippines. This allows us to promote and interpret our conservation work to visitors and engage people in the different ways in which they can join us to help prevent extinction.