Modern zoos are major contributors to the conservation of wild animals. According to the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA), zoo conservation donates over US$350 million a year to wildlife conservation.

Zoo Conservation Activities for tigers and Amur leopards

Increasing public awareness

Zoos play a valuable role 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 is a very diverse category which includes the development of safe anaesthesia 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.


Dreamworld Wildlife Foundation funds our administration costs including our salaries which totals  £77,300.  Thank you!

Who are our top ten donors so far in 2020?


Dreamworld Wildlife Foundation £24,702
Auckland Zoo Foundation £9,992
Greenville Zoo £9,500
Stuttgart Wilhelma Zoo £8,939
Kolmarden Foundation £7,614
Knowsley Safari Park £6,000
Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo £4,578
Shepreth Wildlife Park £2,000
Aalborg Zoo £1,591
Memphis Zoo £1,580

Who were our top ten donor zoos in 2019?

Korkeasaari Zoo (Helsinki) £103,092
Dreamworld Wildlife Foundation £31,521
Zoological Society of East Anglia Banham Zoo £25,000
Greenville Zoo £23,659
Fota Wildlife Park £13,112
Auckland Zoo £10,401
Wilhelma Stuttgart Zoo £8,627
Kolmarden Zoo £8,000
National Zoo & Aquarium Canberra £6,901
Chessington World of Adventure £5,177

A list of all our zoo donors since 1997 to WildCats Conservation Alliance (previously ALTA & 21st Century Tiger)