"ZOO Natuurlijk" Fonds
As part of our commitment to nature conservation, the RZSA financially supports research conservation projects initiated and maintained by other zoos and conservation NGO's. Below you can find a selection of projects we currently support.
Projects we support
The San Diego Zoo's Koala Education and Conservation Program aims to integrate consistent - yet innovative, health management, welfare, and propagation practices and research, education, and conservation efforts into a single holistic program dedicated to Koala survival and sustainability in both zoos and native range. As a participant in the Koala global breeding programme Planckendael supports Koala Conservation and Education Program.
The Mission of the Okapi Conservation Project is to conserve the Okapi in the wild while preserving the biological and cultural diversity of the Ituri Forest. The Okapi is an endemic protected species of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and is the national conservation symbol of the country. As a flagship species, the okapi serves as an ambassador representing the incredible diversity of life found in the region.
The objective of the Okapi Conservation Project (founded in 1987) is to protect the natural forest systems of the Okapi Wildlife Reserve from exploitation by supporting and equipping government wildlife rangers; providing training and infrastructure development to improve protection of wildlife and habitats; assisting and educating communities to create an understanding of sustainable resource conservation; and by promoting alternative agricultural practices and food production in support of community livelihoods.
The Vulture Conservation Foundation (VCF) is an international NGO committed to the conservation of the European vulture species: Bearded Vultures (Gypaetus barbatus), Griffon vultures (Gyps fulvus), Cinereous vultures (Aegypius monachus) and Egyptian vultures (Neophron percnopterus). VCF has extensive experience in breeding, reintroduction and protection of vultures in their natural habitat.
Next to providing financial support to the VCF, The Ropyal Zoological Society of Antwerp manages the European breeding programme of Cinereous vultures, and the CRC has dedicated several years of research on this species aimed at improving the success of the breeding programme.
The Grevy’s zebra population saw a catastrophic decline in the 1980’s and 1990’s and the species is now only found in northern Kenya and southern Ethiopia. As part of the Grevy’s Zebra Working Group, Marwell Zoo is working hard to reverse the decline of the population in Kenya. For the decreasing Ethiopian populations the project aims to collect essential information about these populations including ranging patterns, movements and potential conflict over resources with pastoral communities, which will help to inform future conservation management.
This project presents a unique opportunity to reduce the threats to Grevy’s zebra at the same time as strengthening community livelihoods. Information gained from this project will improve access to water, increase tourism potential through better managed Grevy’s zebra populations, provide employment opportunities, and improve capacity for wildlife management.
The Antarctic Research Trust (ART) aims is to conduct and support scientific research on Antarctic and sub-Antarctic animals in order to provide baseline data for adequate conservation measures. Millions of seabirds and marine mammals live and breed in Antarctica and the surrounding seas. Over the years, many of these species have suffered considerably from human exploitation of the area. Although most species are now protected, many are still seeing a reduction in numbers that is almost certainly linked, directly or indirectly, to human activities such as fishing, pollution and tourism. Only a profound knowledge of the Antarctic ecology can help to protect these animals and their habitats. The RZSA supports the ART to help preserve the wildlife of Antarctica.
With a total wild population of less than 40 individuals, the Amur leopard is possibly the most endangered big cat on Earth. Along with the Amur tiger they can only be found in the Russian Far East and northern China. The Amur Leopard and Tiger Alliance (ALTA) is formed of 15 international and Russian NGOs all working to support conservation of Amur leopards and tigers in the wild. ALTA channels money raised by the international zoo community, public and corporate sponsors to four implementing agencies working to save these magnificent and threatened animals.
The Komodo Dragon, the world’s largest living lizard, is part of a captive breeding programme to create an insurance population for the species in zoos. Together with other European zoos, the RZSA supports research and protection for this species in the wild through Wae Wuul protection plan, which was developed to protect the remnant Komodo dragon population in Wae Wuul, Flores, and avoid expansion of habitat encroachment. The project has four main components: creating community awareness, patrolling and law enforcement, involvement of the local community in protection and conservation and capacity building.