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Conservation and Research

We are part of a global community, working together to help maximise impact on global conservation, both through endangered species breeding programmes and supporting in situ field conservation projects.

Find out how we are helping.

  • Conservation

    Unfortunately, we live in a world where many species of both plants and animals are currently facing extinction.

    Rodbaston Animal Zone is home to around 600 animals from over 140 species many of which are endangered in the wild and are part of conservation breeding programmes.   

    European Endangered Species Programmes (EEP) and the European Studbooks (ESB) aim at conserving healthy populations of animals, while safeguarding the genetic health of the animals under our care.

    At the Animal Zone we currently take part in several EEPs, with some of these species including:

    • Cotton Top Tamarins, Saguinus oedipus
    • Pygmy Slow Loris, Nycticebus pygmaeus
    • Ecuadorian Amazon Parrot, Amazona lilacina
    • Red Ruffed Lemur, Varecia rubra
    • Black Lemur, Eulemur macaco

    At Rodbaston Animal Zone we also support several field projects working to preserve animals in their natural environment.

    By raising funds and public awareness, we are helping to save wildlife both globally, and closer to home.

    To find more information on some of the field projects and charities we support please follow the below links:

    Proyecto Titiconserving the critically endangered Cotton Top Tamarin in Colombia

    Little Fire face Projectconserving Slow and Slender Loris species across their wild range in Asia

    World Owl Trustconserving owl species on a national and international scale

  • Research

    The World Zoo and Aquaria Conservation Strategy highlights research as a major role for modern zoos.

    Researching captive animals increases our knowledge on their care needs and biology, which may not be possible in wild studies.

    Rodbaston Animal Zone supports research which improves animal welfare, daily health care and promotes wildlife conservation. The Animal Zone facilitates and encourages research including both animal-based studies and visitor focused studies at all levels from college/high school projects up to post-doctorate theses.

    Animal based studies can focus on a variety of topics including: 

    • Animal behaviour
    • Animal welfare assessments
    • Environmental enrichment
    • Feeding and nutrition
    • Animal breeding and reproduction
    • Animal communication and group dynamics
    • Animal husbandry practices

    All animal-based research undertaken at the Animal Zone is non-invasive and mostly conducted through observation of the animals in their captive environment.

    Any researchers interested in conducting a project at Rodbaston Animal Zone should contact the Deputy Animal Centre Manager Beth Watkin at beth.watkin@southstaffs.ac.uk for an application form