Zoos SA is a conservation charity that exists to connect people with nature and save species from extinction.
Our resources and expertise are dedicated to species and habitat conservation work, including breeding and release, habitat restoration, biological surveys, insurance populations, studies in reproductive biology, wildlife disease management, conservation planning and community development.
We are not only committed to leading conservation action but also inspiring our visitors to think about the action they can take to reduce the threats to animals, plants and habitats and to join us in our aspiration to support global biodiversity.
Zoos and aquariums are well placed to engage their visitors, regions and the communities where they undertake conservation work to change choices and behaviour that affect the environment.
Zoos and Conservation
Zoos are uniquely placed to aid the conservation of species with the capacity to hold and breed animals, undertake wildlife and husbandry research and protect species in the wild through conservation programs and campaigns. In addition zoos educate and connect people with nature, act as platforms to communicate broader environmental messages and fundraise to attract much needed funds. Zoos are visited by millions of people worldwide yearly and are regarded as important and trusted sources of information on these issues.
Zoos represent a rich blend of skills and interests and are able to engage many diverse partners. As part of an international industry typically united in our common concern for species conservation we are able to collaborate and communicate at a global scale.
World Association of Zoos and Aquariums
The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) represents zoos and aquariums globally and aims to guide, encourage and support the zoos, aquariums and like-minded organisations of the world in animal care and welfare, environmental education and global conservation.
Members of WAZA meet annually and collaborate on issues of mutual interest including Global Species Management Plans (GSMP); plans of collaborative management for specific species with a globally agreed set of goals. Zoos SA are contributors to GSMPs for Sumatran Tiger, Red Panda and Goodfellow’s Tree Kangaroo.
Zoo and Aquarium Association of Australasia
The Zoo and Aquarium Association (ZAA) is the peak body representing the zoo and aquarium community throughout Australasia. The association directly supports zoos in a holistic approach to conservation breeding incorporating their specialist skills in breeding and husbandry in conjunction with visitor education, scientific research and support for field conservation.
ZAA coordinates the Australasian Species Management Program (ASMP) which provides coordinated management and planning recommendations for species residing in member institutions. The program is run through a series of voluntary position holders working in member zoos. Zoos SA are contributors to ASMP for Black-winged Stilt, White-browed Woodswallow, Greater Bilby, Yellow-footed Rock-wallaby, Black-flanked Rock-wallaby, South Australian Mainland Tammar Wallaby, Australian Sea Lion, Ghost Bat, and Southern Hairy-nosed Wombat.
Zoos SA Conservation Fund
The Zoos SA Conservation Fund is generated from revenue taken from our Behind the Scenes Animal Experiences, donations and fundraising efforts throughout the year. The fund is used to support our conservation programs both within and beyond our gates.