Covering 8.6% of the Earth’s total surface area and home to four billion people, Asia is the world’s largest and most populated continent with many endangered wildlife species and ecosystems.
Several of ZSL’s projects in this region examine the impact of this huge population on the vast range of wildlife and habitats of the continent.
Mongolia has a range of unique habitats, each of which contains a high number of fascinating, highly threatened species.ZSL works with the National University of Mongolia on the Steppe Forward Programme as well as several other projects. Our work in Mongolia
Red Slender Loris
The Red Slender Loris is unique to Sri Lanka. Its two sub-species are both declining as a result of habitat degradation and fragmentation. The ZSL runs a project through the EDGE conservation programme to help save them. Our work with the Red Slender Loris
This project was co-founded by ZSL in 1996 in response to the destructive, global seahorse fishery. The project has helped establish fifteen no-take Marine Protected Areas in the Philippines. Find out more about ZSL's seahorse work
Asian River Dolphin
Following the extinction of the Yangtze River dolphin, the endangered Ganges and Indus River dolphins are now amongst the world’s most threatened freshwater cetaceans. Read about ZSL's work with the Asian River Dophin
Populations of three of India’s commonest griffon vultures have declined by more than ninety per cent during the last decade. Since late 1999 ZSL has been working closely with Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) and the RSPB to investigate this problem. Find out more about our work with vultures
Panay Island, Philippines, used to be home to over 12,400 hectares of lush mangrove forests but extensive clearing to make way for fish/shrimp ponds have left them as little more than barren coastline and muddy lagoons with only 300 hectares remaining in 1988. Find out what ZSL is doing to help mangrove forests
Initially focussed specifically on the relationship between oil palm and the tiger on Sumatra, the ZSL Indonesia Programme is now expanding to tackle a variety of conservation issues with a landscape perspective. Find out more about our work in Indonesia
Greater One-Horned Rhino
They are now found only in the forests of the Russian Far East, and it is estimated that only about 40 are left in the wild. Our work with Amur leopards
ZSL has several conservation projects protecting these large charismatic carnivores. Tigers are at the top of the food chain and are often the first to suffer when there is pressure on the environment.
The Russian Far East
The Amur tiger is one of the largest living cats in the world and is found only in the Russian Far East. It is critically endangered and in the 1940s was on the brink of extinction, with less than 50 individuals left in the wild in Russia. Find out more about ZSL's tiger work in The Russian Far East
The tropical forests of Sumatra in Indonesia are home to many of the world’s endangered species, including tigers, however these forest habitats are rapidly being cleared to make way for operations such as logging and oil palm plantations. Find out more about ZSL's tiger work in Indonesia
The Sundarbans in Bangladesh is home to one of the largest surviving single populations of tigers in the world. However, despite being legally protected since 1974, the tiger is critically endangered. Find out more about ZSL's tiger work in Bangladesh
21st Century Tiger
Established as a coalition between the ZSL and Global Tiger Patrol, 21st Century Tiger is one of the most significant tiger funding agencies worldwide. Find out more about 21st Century Tiger
Saudi Antelope Breeding
Antelope are crucial to desert ecosystems. Without them, the biodiversity of the region suffers. ZSL manages breeding programmes at the King Khalid Wildlife Research Centre in Saudi Arabia. Find out more about antelope breeding