Conservation At Woodside
Ex-Situ conservation projects are where plant and animals species are managed and bred outside of their natural environment. Zoos, Wildlife Parks and Botanical Gardens are all examples of this kind of conservation.
Often, negative impacts in the wild, such as deforestation or over-fishing, result in the need for a safe, secure environment where the species can be managed successfully.
Woodside is proud to keep a number of species that are currently part of strictly managed breeding programs:
European Endangered Species Programs (EEPs) or
European Studbooks (ESPs).
These individuals are vital to the successful future of their species, and our participation allows us to ensure these species have the strongest genetics, resulting in an overall healthier population, which, many generations in the future, can be released back into the wild through carefully managed release programs.
Below is a list of the species that are in Woodside’s collection, that are part of these vitally important programs:
- Siamese Crocodile
- Bali Starling
- Ring-Tailed Lemur
- Red-Ruffed Lemur
- Golden-Headed Lion Tamarin
- Pied Tamarin
- Geoffroy’s Cat
- Violet Turaco
- Linnaeus’ Two-Toed Sloth
- Geoffroy’s Marmoset
- South American Tapir
- Humboldt Penguin
- Red Panda
- Inca Terns
These species currently make up 20% of the species kept at Woodside. The common aim for most collections is 40%. At Woodside we are aiming to have 50% of our collection on either a European Endangered Species Program or European Studbook over the next 10 years, as we continue to strive for better standards and practises.
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