Conservation and Science
Conservation is a major aspect of the zoo's mission. We want to do everything we can to protect the animals we love in their natural environment, and safeguard the future of each species.
We contribute to conservation in a number of different ways. We take part in the European Breeding Programmes for several species of animals, particularly in our primate section. We also have strategies in place to make education about the natural world as accessible as possible, with the hope of inspiring the next generation of conservationists.
We are also involved with three in situ conservation projects, helping protect animals in their natural environment.
Conservation on the Isle of Wight
Our Education and Conservation Officer is part of a project monitoring a local colony of reddish buff moths. They are thought to be the only colony in the whole of the UK!
Conservation in India
For many years we have been involved in a conservation project in Karnataka, India. When it first began it was run by the charity Global Tiger Patrol, but now we support the project directly.
The project aims to reduce hostility towards tigers, and to promote local efforts to conserve wildlife and deter poachers.
Conservation in Madagascar
The Isle of Wight Zoo sponsors an Agroforestry Station run by the Madagascar Fauna Group. Destructive farming methods are a major threat to Madagascar's wildlife, including the lemurs we love at the zoo. By educating people about sustainable farming, the station helps improve the lives of the people and the animals.