Conservation

Dudley Zoo & Castle supports conservation through a variety of both in-situ (in the animal’s habitat) and ex-situ (outside the animal’s habitat, such as the zoo) projects.

We support a number of overseas (in-situ) projects via the donation of zoo finances and resources. We are a proud member of both BIAZA and EAZA, and participate in over 50 European Breeding Programmes (EEP’s) – which help to create sustainable populations of threatened species within European zoos. We provide expertise and support to the wider zoo community by participating in various working groups and committees, and are proud to coordinating the Black lemur (Eulemur macaco) EEP. Finally, our zoo is an important habitat for British flora and fauna. The 40-acre site is built on a limestone ridge, and is home to an amazing array of native wildlife – including an estimated 12 species of bat!

Outlined below is a more in-depth summary of our conservation activities…

In-Situ Support

DZC aims to be proactive in the management and protection of wild species, wild spaces and English heritage (in the UK and overseas). We aim to achieve this through supporting conservation activities through advocacy and the donation of; zoo finances, staff time and expertise and use of physical/intellectual resources. The zoo aims to establish strong links between species and habitats exhibited to visitors, and with in-situ conservation partners and projects.

Dudley Zoo & Castle has committed to supporting the following projects in 2023;

AB Conservation
The only organisation in the world entirely dedicated to the study of the binturong, a small mammal of Southeast Asia.  DZC has supported this project annually since it began housing binturong in 2018.

Association Européenne pour l’Étude et la Conservation des Lémuriens  (AEECL)
A zoo managed conservation organisation based in Sahamalaza-Iles Radama National Park in Madagascar. The main aims of the charity are based on the conservation of the lemur species within the park, with specific focus on the critically endangered blue-eyed black lemur (Eulemur flavifrons). DZC has committed to supporting this initiative for a number of years.

B.R.I.D.G.E.S
The general objective of BRIDGES is understanding gelada behaviour by integrating information coming from wild and captive settings to contribute to the improvement of wild conservation strategies and to the implementation of captive population management. DZC has committed to supporting this project for 3 years, beginning 2023.

Cikananaga Conservation Breeding Centre (CCBC)
Has the primary goal of breeding endangered and critically endangered endemic Indonesian species. The ultimate aim of their conservation breeding efforts is to improve the conservation status of the species they work with. DZC has committed to supporting this project for 5 years, beginning 2022.

Red Panda Network
Committed to the conservation of wild red pandas and their habitat through the education and empowerment of local communities. DZC has committed to supporting this project for 5 years, beginning 2023.

Save the Tasmanian Devil Program (STDP)
The official program in the response to the threat of extinction of the Tasmanian devil due to Devil Facial Tumour Disease (DFTD). DZC has committed to supporting this project for five years, beginning 2019.

Sintang Orangutan Centre
Is a foundation based in Sintang, West Kalimantan and focuses on the rescue, rehabilitation and release orang-utans back into the wild. DZC has committed to supporting this project for five years, beginning 2022.

Snow Leopard Trust
Aims to better understand the endangered snow leopard, and to protect the cat in partnership with the communities that share its habitat. DZC has committed to supporting this project for five years, beginning in 2018.

Sphenisco
Is helping to preserve Humboldt Penguins of the coast of Peru and Chile through social outreach and education.  DZC has committed to supporting this project for five years, beginning in 2023.

Wild Camel Protection
Is helping to preserve the last wild populations of Bactrian Camels in Mongolia and China. DZC has committed to supporting this initiative for a number of years.

ZGAP Zoologische Gesellschaft fur Arten und Populationsschutz. (The Zoological Society for the Conservation of Species and Populations).
The primary goal of ZGAP is the conservation of unknown but highly endangered species and their natural habitat. DZC supports ZGAP initiatives focusing on the conservation of the buff-headed capuchin (S. xanthosternos) and has committed to supporting this initiative for a number of years.

Ex-Situ Support

DZC is a member of both the British & Irish Association of Zoos & Aquariums (BIAZA) and the European Association of Zoos & Aquariums (EAZA). Through EAZA we participate in over 50 European Breeding Programmes (EEP’s) – cooperative breeding programmes which help create sustainable populations of threatened species in our zoos.

We’re proud to have contributed significantly to a number of EEP’s over the years, including the Sumatran tiger (Panthera tigris sumatrae), the Asiatic lion (Panthera leo persicus) and the Humboldt’s penguin (Spheniscus humboldti).

We also coordinate the Black lemur (Eulemur macaco) EEP here at DZC.

Our staff member’s sit on committees and working groups within both BIAZA and EAZA, and we’re proud to support a number of BIAZA and EAZA events and programmes each year.

Native Species Support

DZC has always had a strong focus on preserving native wildlife. Located within the industrial heartland of the UK, we’re dedicated to educating our visitors about the wildlife that still lives alongside us and we can help support it. Historically, we’ve participated in native species reintroduction projects such as the Fen Raft Spider Project and Great Crested Newt translocation on site. We are continually monitoring wildlife throughout our site through the use of specialist equipment such as camera traps and bat detectors.

We’ve began working on a new Native Species Biodiversity Action Plan, the first draft of which can be found here.

Please click here to view our 2023 Conservation Policy & Plan.