The Royal Zoological Society of South Australia (RZSSA) considers the delivery of its science and conservation objectives to be an organisational priority. The RZSSA is involved in a variety of conservation activities, including direct co-ordination and management of threatened species programs to field support and captive breeding for release to the wild, as well as conservation education programs. To encompass its increasing range of conservation activities, the RZSSA has developed Conservation Ark, its integrated science and conservation arm.
Conservation Ark's Mission
We exist to save animals from extinction.
Conservation Ark's Vision
To achieve the greatest conservation benefit for animals, their habitats and human neighbours, through integrated conservation activities.
The activities of Conservation Ark are aimed at securing populations of animals, in natural ecosystems and habitats. In order to do this we need a strong scientific basis for understanding species interactions and to find the best way to rehabilitate landscapes into resilient functioning ecosystems. To this end, Conservation Ark is designed to integrate science, education, sustainable practices and conservation programs in order to achieve on-ground conservation. Conservation Ark brings together the extensive expertise of RZSSA scientists in ecology, zoology, psychology and veterinary science, with many partners in universities, government departments, private industry and conservation agencies.
A change in federal government policy has signalled the need for NGOs like Conservation Ark to take more of a lead in science and conservation management. With the support from the corporate sector, Conservation Ark, as a charitable foundation, is in a unique position to be able to act as a catalyst for a range of conservation activities. In fact the RZSSA already has a large portfolio of research and conservation projects, with staff currently supervising more than 20 post-graduate students.