Wild Futures – Our commitments
Zoos play a vital role in raising awareness of the myriad diversity of species that share our world. Not all species in zoos are endangered at the moment, but history reminds us that this situation can easily change.
Strapwort is an unassuming waterside plant only found naturally at one location in the UK – Slapton Ley, the National Nature Reserve owned by Wild Planet Trust and managed by the Field Studies Council.
Since 2000, Wild Planet Trust has been working with a number of partners to monitor and reintroduce hazel dormice in the UK. These tiny nocturnal rodents are very distinctive, with golden brown fur, and huge black eyes.
Once widespread across the UK, the white clawed crayfish has now disappeared across most of its former range and survives in Devon in just two river systems in the Blackdown Hills.
The Vietnamese pheasant has not been seen in the wild since 2000 and although its official status is Critically Endangered, scientists fear that it may already have moved down the list to Extinct in the Wild.
From just a dozen birds in the 1970s, to around 500 today, the pink pigeon recovery programme is a fantastic example of how zoo led conservation can, quite literally, pull a species back from the very brink of extinction.