Click here to read The World Zoo and Aquarium Conservation Strategy
Conservation and the battle against habitat loss have always been closely related to “rich countries” donating funds to “poor countries”, supporting studies or buying up land.
In the zoos of the world breeding programmes of endangered species are saving the genetic survival of many species.
Zoo enclosures are changing towards natural habitats by implementing climate, water and plants in a more natural way. Furthermore the enclosures are larger and species are put together to share enclosures.
By creating these larger tropical enclosures/environments in our zoos we get a lot of new possibilities. We are just not ready to take full advantage of these facilities! We cannot implement the natural food sources of herbivores because we often don’t know what they eat in their natural habitat –and we don’t know where to get it from neither!
The Conservation & Zoo Education Station of Aguas Zarcas will offer staff from participating zoo’s the opportunity to learn about the natural habitats of many species of animals kept in zoos. They can follow certain species of animal, find out what plant they feed on and identify the plant. Probably it is possible to produce and export the plants and finally the enclosure back home will be even more attractive to the animal -and the visitors can enjoy the whole process if the story is displayed as part of the visitor information.
The Conservation & Zoo Education Station of Aguas Zarcas is focusing on a more practical angle of the term conservation. Our top priority is to show that it is possible to secure a large primary forest habitat from being exploited, by purchasing the land between the expanding village and the untouched forest. This zone consists of secondary forest, grazing fields, reforested parcels, abandoned plantations and pockets of primary forest. Rivers, small streams and springs are abundant.
The zone is habitat for several "zoo" species of mammals: Cougar, Jaguar, Ocelot, Margay, White-faced Capuchin, Mantled Howler, Central American Spider Monkey, Baird’s Tapir, Collared Peccary, White-lipped Peccary, Sloth, Anteater, Agouti etc.
Working with the local villagers we increase their knowledge about their nature and give them alternatives to illegal timber production, pouching and fishing. By introducing the local people to the project we reinforce the sustainability. Without the local people as part of the plan no habitat conservation will develop properly. People will cut the trees and hunt the animals until they get a proper alternative. Helping at the Conservation & Zoo Education Station of Aguas Zarcas will provide many local people with that alternative and the incentive to guard the surrounding nature.
Working with international zoo staff on animal watch-outs, expeditions, identifications of plants and animals we experience a good cultural balance where both parties experience that they can learn from each other –and especially the locals will benefit from the fact that their knowledge of the forest is worth a lot to other people.
Get the complete information by contacting Tropical Zoo Plants and arrange a meeting.