Commitment across borders: these are the breeding programs in zoos and zoos in Saxony

Commitment across borders: these are the breeding programs in zoos and zoos in Saxony

by Antje Ullrich

Leipzig – Saxony Zoos and zoos have changed. instead of the animals In small cages for the amusement of visitors, nowadays you often have to look for many animals in spacious enclosures. talking goal zoos It is the combination of appropriate breeding of species and protection of species and this does not stop at the walls of the Saxon Zoo.

Popular with young and old: visitors line up at the entrance gate of Leipzig Zoo. © dpa / Hendrik Schmidt

Leipzig Zoo:

With around €1 million annually, Zoo Leipzig is a huge player when it comes to protecting species. He participates in conservation breeding programs for 97 animal species, supports more than 25 projects worldwide and operates a monkey sanctuary and resettlement station in Vietnam with about 200 chiefs of 15 species as well as the outdoor project of Cat Ba langurs, known as golden langurs. There are only 75 endangered species of monkey left on Cat Ba Island.

Another problem child at the zoo is the Sumatran rhinoceros, who keeps his international book. Less than 80 animals live only on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra. Breeding successes are rare. The video series “Ausgeartet” on the zoo’s YouTube channel provides an insight into the species protection work at Leipzig Zoo.

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Dresden Zoo:

Germany’s fourth oldest zoo operates two equine books and is involved in more than 30 animal breeding programmes. In addition, in the previous year, about 250,000 euros flowed to more than a dozen regional areas – eg for the preservation of mountain meadows in the Eastern Ore Mountains – and international projects such as Sphenisco e. V. To protect the endangered Humboldt penguins in South America or Bukit Tigapuluh National Park, dedicated to protecting endangered orangutans, tigers and elephants in Sumatra.

Each project is associated with an animal species that lives in the zoo. Moreover, in 2020, the first offspring of griffon vultures were released into the wild in Sardinia.

Back to his nurse: Saskia Keeler, 36, feeds a one-eyed man at the Dresden Wild Bird Sanctuary.

Back to his nurse: Saskia Keeler, 36, feeds a one-eyed man at the Dresden Wild Bird Sanctuary. © Petra Hornig

Zoos and zoos in Saxony run many breeding programmes

The red panda - also called the cat bear - eats bamboo leaves at Gurlitz Zoo.

The red panda – also called the cat bear – eats bamboo leaves at Gurlitz Zoo. © dpa / Matthias Heckel

Görlitz Nature Reserve Zoo:

The red panda adorns the logo of the Görlitz Zoo, which has about 500 animals of about 100 species. The gentle bear, endangered in its Asian habitat, is one of 14 conservation breeding programs at the zoo, along with manole, golden-headed lion’s monkey, otter, Indochinese sika deer, Persian gazelle, blue-crowned jaybird, Edward’s bird and pygmy monkey.

In addition, the zoo currently supports 24 international and regional projects, for example for the protection of hoopoe. But it is also known for its wildlife sanctuary and for releasing storks into the wild. It collects about 26,000 euros annually to protect the species.

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Bischofswerda Zoo:

Even small zoological institutions contribute to the protection of the species. Tierpark Bischofswerda, which maintains 60 animal species, participates in the Ecuadorean Amazonian Conservation Breeding Program and also supports habitat conservation in the bird’s habitat with donations. However, the pioneer in the zoo is the successful breeding of young owls. A total of 43 baby owls have hatched in recent years, most of them released into the wild and sent to the Harz Mountains and finally to Dresden for resettlement.

Zoo America Limbach-Oberfruhna:

Zoo America in Limbach-Oberfruhna, which has 210 animals of 68 species, also participates in species protection, for example with five species in the EEP. These include Humboldt penguins, red-headed geese, small green parrots, Amur tigers, and Peccary Chaco.

Meanwhile, Tierpark Förderverein regularly donates to species protection projects for yellow-breasted capuchin monkeys.

Field visit December 13, 2021: Tony a male orangutan sits in his enclosure at Dresden Zoo and celebrates his 30th birthday.

Field visit December 13, 2021: Tony a male orangutan sits in his enclosure at Dresden Zoo and celebrates his 30th birthday. © dpa / Hans Fineart

Protection of species comes first

Penguin Gunther perches on a rock in a barn at the Zoo of America.  Humboldt penguins are among the attractions for visitors here.

Penguin Gunther perches on a rock in a barn at the Zoo of America. Humboldt penguins are among the attractions for visitors here. © Kristen Schmidt

Chemnitz Zoo:

The zoo, which opened in 1964 and also includes Wildgatter Oberrabenstein, is involved in several species conservation projects, but also more than 25 conservation breeding programs, including for the Amur tiger, golden yellow lion monkey, Somali wild ass, pygmy hippopotamus, and ox Bison, cotton tamarin or Przewalski’s horse. In the past, individual samples of the latter were also submitted for resettlement in Mongolia.

Zitau Zoo:

The zoo in Zittau is devoted primarily to the protection of native species. He runs a wildlife sanctuary where he helped 30 hedgehogs last winter. He is also involved in the Butterfly Meadow Project and presents educational zoo projects at his Zoo School, Environmental Education Camp, and Nature Experience Camp.

The zoo is particularly interested in the fate of the European mink, and is involved in the Euronerz project to reintroduce young animals. Potential offspring of baby owls should also be released into the wild in the future.

Hoyerswerda Zoo:

1000 animals of 129 species live in the Hoyerswerda Zoo. Support for the Conversational WildCats Alliance, which works to protect endangered big cats in Asia, is set to become the leader in species protection. So it is fitting that the Chinese leopards in the zoo also belong to the European Conservation Breeding Program. Donations to the project will be made through the Euro Conservation of Species, introduced in 2021.

But pets should benefit, too. The zoo supports the local Hoyerswerda group NABU and the Nature Conservancy Neschwitz e. V., which are dedicated to biodiversity in health and pond landscapes.

Cover photo: dpa / Hendrik Schmidt

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