Our Breeding Programme Species
Collaboration and co-ordination between zoos all over the world are essential if captive populations are to be successfully maintained without the need to take individuals from wild populations. Animals in separate zoos should be managed as part of one single global population, and this population must be kept genetically and demographically healthy.
Many of the vulnerable species bred by ZSL are part of these coordinated breeding programmes. ZSL participates in 160 of these programmes and runs 11 of them. The most well developed and intensively managed programmes are the European Endangered Species Programmes (EEPs) set up in the 1980's. They provide safety nets for species threatened in the wild and mean that animals rarely need to be taken from the wild to maintain captive populations. Find out more about managing breeding programmes .
You an find out about some of our key EEP species below: