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.


Zoo Conservation


Dreamworld Wildlife Foundation funds our administration costs including our salaries which totals  £77,350.  Thank you!

Who are our top ten donors so far in 2021?



Dreamworld Wildlife Foundation Australia £30,528
Walter Zoo Switzerland £23,321
Stuttgart Wilhelma Zoo Germany £15,353
Bellewaerde Belgium £11,946
Auckland Zoo New Zealand £9,832
Tayto Park Ireland £8,727
Greenville Zoo United States £8,090
Kolmarden Foundation Sweden £7,309
West Midlands Safari Park United Kingdom £2,799
Bioparco di Roma Italy £2,543

Who were our top ten donor zoos in 2020?

Korkeasaari (Helsinki) Zoo  £32,605
Dreamworld Wildlife Foundation £24,702
Auckland Zoo £9,992
Greenville Zoo £9,500
Wilhelma Stuttgart Zoo £8,939
Kolmarden Foundation £7,614
Fota Wildlife Park £6,725
Knowsley Safari Park £6,000
Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo £4,578
La Passerelle/Auvergne Zoo £4,690

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