- Increasing public awareness
Zoos play a valuable role in inspiring and educating the public. Many visitors will never get to see a tiger or a leopard in the wild but in a modern zoo, they can learn how vital these animals are to the ecosystem but how threatened they are by human activities.
- Financial support
Zoos provide much-needed funds for cat conservation and have historically made up 75% of the donations to Wild Cat Conservation Alliance. More than 40 zoos worldwide contributed to Amur leopard conservation and more than 150 to wild tigers.
- Research and skills
This includes the development of safe anesthesia techniques, pugmark measurements for calibration of field signs, blood samples for genetic studies, pelage photos for taxonomic research and much more. Husbandry and veterinary skills developed in zoos can be transferred to the wild and data gathered from both captive and wild leopards will provide valuable information for the proposed Amur leopard reintroduction plan.
- Maintaining a “genetic reservoir” for reintroduction
Tigers and Amur leopards are held in conservation breeding programmes in the regional zoo associations across the world. Tigers are managed as a last resort in case of a failure of the wild population but effort mainly focuses on maintaining those animals remaining in the wild.
We would like to extend a huge thank you to the below zoos who have recently donated to WildCats, helping to ensure the future of wild tigers and Amur leopards for future generations.
- Kolmården Wildlife Park
Kolmården has donated another $10,000 bringing their total contribution to nearly $200,000 for Amur leopards and tigers.
- Tayto Park
Tayto Park has donated another €10,000 bringing their total donations to €54,500 for Amur leopards and tigers.
- Bioparco di Roma
Roma has donated €3,000 bringing their total contributions to €14,000 for wild tigers.
- Greenville Zoo
Thank you to Greenville for their recent donation of $11,120 to Amur leopard conservation. This now brings their total figure to an amazing $69,000!
- Dreamworld Wildlife Foundation
A huge thank you once again to Dreamworld Wildlife Foundation who have granted £81,915 to WildCats, £20,528.00 to Phoenix Fund and £10,000 to FFI in 2021.
- Korkeasaari Zoo
Korkeasaari Zoo ran their successful ‘Night of the Cats’ events which has already surpassed their goal of raising $50,000 for Amur leopards and tigers.