· More and more species are threatened with extinction
· Zoos have specialist knowledge and expertise that is crucial in the fight to save biodiversity
· 140 million people visit EAZA member institutions each year, helping to support the vital conservation work carried out by zoos and their partners in the field
· Saturday May 22nd is International Day of Biodiversity
A new short film produced by EAZA (European Association of Zoos and Aquaria) highlights the growing role of zoos and aquariums in the urgent work of conserving endangered species in the wild. Increasingly zoos are forming partnerships with field projects, which benefit not just from the additional funding, but also from the unique expertise and knowledge zoos have gained through working with captive populations of specific species.
More than 140 million people visit EAZA members each year. As well as providing a fun day out for the family, zoos have great stories to tell about the important conservation work they do in the field. The new film from EAZA (find it on www.eaza.net) tells just a few of these stories. From the tapirs of Brazil to the lemurs of Madagascar and on to the pangolins and civets of Vietnam, the film presents excellent examples of European zoos joining forces with conservation projects all over the world.
The short documentary was produced to celebrate the United Nations International Year of Biodiversity 2010, and is released to coincide with International Day of Biodiversity, May 22nd. You can mark the event by visiting your local EAZA member zoo or aquarium to find out about the conversation projects they support.
“Although zoos and aquariums are a popular choice for a family day out, not everyone realises how much important conservation work zoos are doing”, said Dr Lesley Dickie, Executive Director of EAZA. “That’s why we chose to make the field work done by our members the subject of our first film production, celebrating the International Year of Biodiversity.”
For more information or interviews contact:
Mr. Eoghan O’Sullivan
Communications and Membership Manager, EAZA
Telephone: +31 20 520 0751 or +31 61 488 4754
Dr Lesley Dickie
Executive Director, EAZA
Telephone: +31 20 520 0750 or +31 64 639 2895
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