Island ecosystems conservation
Island ecosystems are vulnerable to extreme environmental events, such as typhoons, and the consequences of introduced alien species.
ZSL’s Island Ecosystems conservation programme therefore focuses on these threats to protect the endemic fauna of island archipelagos. In addition to direct conservation improvements for large numbers of endangered species, this programme helps inform wider conservation efforts for other island species.
The International Partula Conservation Programme involves a managed breeding programme for 25 species in 15 collaborating zoos worldwide, together with extensive work in the species natural range areas with local conservationists and government agencies.
The critically endangered giant palm beetle Polposipus herculeanus, from the tiny Seychelles island of Fregate, is highly vulnerable to both habitat loss and accidental introductions of rats and mice.
The 19 UK Overseas Territories are home to a wealth of endemic flora and fauna that includes some 200 species of plants, 16 birds, over 20 reptiles and 500 invertebrates in a diverse range of fragile habitats and ecosystems.