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 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 WildCats 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 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.

Zoo Conservation


Dreamworld Wildlife Foundation funds our administration costs including our salaries which totals £89,000.  Thank you!

Who are our top ten donors so far in 2023?




Walter Zoo Switzerland £36,842
Wellington Zoo Trust New Zealand £25,840
Stuttgart Wilhelma Zoo Germany £17,624
Dreamworld Wildlife Foundation Australia £10,000
Dublin Zoo Ireland £4,404
National Zoo & Aquarium Canberra Australia £4,202
Zoo de La Barben France £2,643
Taipei Zoo Taiwan £2,500
West Midlands Safari Park United Kingdom £2,500
Potawatomi Zoological Society United States £2,043


Our top ten donors in 2022

Korkeasaari (Helsinki) Zoo Finland £63,502
Walter Zoo Switzerland £32,049
Dreamworld Wildlife Foundation Australia £30,528
Wilhelma Stuttgart Zoo Germany £25,891
Ft Wayne Children’s Zoo United States £18,718
Bellewaerde Park Belgium £10,146
Auckland Zoo New Zealand £9,862
West Midlands Safari Park United Kingdom £9,598
Zoological Society of Hertfordshire
& Big Cat Sanctuary 
United Kingdom £6,500
Dublin Zoo Ireland £4,247


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