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Species conservation

Modern, scientifically managed zoos fulfil a variety of functions. They provide areas for local recreation and are an important feature of the leisure landscape. They also serve as educational and learning centres where visitors of all ages can learn more about animals, nature and biological relationships. However, in this era of species extinction and worldwide loss of biodiversity, zoos have also taken on an important role in nature and species conservation.

Zoos have a unique opportunity here to confront this highly sensitive issue. With their visitors, they are able to reach many more people than any other institution working in the field of species conservation. A visit to the zoo can raise awareness of animals and the threats they face, nature and environmental conservation, and sustainability, and can even get visitors engaged in these issues. This is also our aim at the Zoo, and we try to fulfil our species conservation mission in a number of ways. In addition to breeding endangered animal species and keeping them in appropriate conditions, and providing a variety of learning and educational opportunities, supporting conservation projects in our animals’ native habitats also plays an important role. Here you can find out more about our work to promote species conservation, and about the educational opportunities on offer at our Zoo.

Humboldt penguins

Species conservation in the Zoo

As a scientifically managed zoo, we are not just a place for recreation and leisure. Rather, we see ...

Species conservation in the Zoo
A young orangutan being taken to Jungle School

Species conservation in the wild

In addition to our activities within the Zoo, we are also actively involved in promoting nature and ...

Species conservation in the wild
Elephant in the outdoor enclosure

The Conservation Euro

Your contribution to nature. With the introduction of the Conservation Euro we have been able to make a ...

The Conservation Euro

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Orangutans Toni and Dalai.

Donations

We present a project that’s very close to our hearts and share all the details on the progress of the ...

Donations
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Our animals

Dresden Zoo is home to around 1,400 animals representing 243 species. In addition to visitor favourites ...

Our animals
Zoo entrance

About us

Dresden Zoo is one of the oldest zoos in Germany, as well as one of the region’s most popular leisure ...

About us