Spotlight on disappearing species

DZG has joined forces with animal collections across Europe to highlight disappearing species in Southeast Asia.

As a longstanding member of the European Association of Zoos and Aquarium (EAZA) DZG is taking part in the organisation’s annual campaign, which this year is a joint initiative with the Species Survival Commission (SSC) of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).   dzg_eaza_1     dzg_eaza_1 The Southeast Asia Campaign, which runs from July 21 to 29, aims to highlight animals identified by the IUCN /SSC to be facing extinction unless immediate action is taken.   CEO Peter Suddock said: “Studies carried out for the Southeast Asia Campaign have identified that animals over 1kg in size are declining most rapidly and unless we act fast could disappear forever.   “The scheme hopes to raise funds and awareness for the conservation of the biodiversity of Southeast Asia and aims to realise €750,000 towards projects conserving this amazing diversity of life on our planet.”   Throughout the week Education staff at DZG will be staging a series of talks, walks and feeds across the 40-acre site for visitors to highlight the plight of declining species. dzg_eaza_1    dzg_eaza_1   These include the chance to meet some Southeast Asian animals up close in themed Creature Features. There will also be talks on our Himalayan black bear, Inca, and our critically endangered Sulawesi crested macaques. A Far East Walkabout Tour around the zoo, will highlight species such as Bornean orang utans, Lar gibbons, Asiatic short-clawed otters and Bali starlings.    Presenter Caroline Howard said: “It’s so important to raise awareness about the threats facing animals out in Southeast Asia, and there are lots of things that we can do to help.    “Our Southeast Asia campaign week is going to be great fun, with some really special events and hands on activities so that our visitors can learn all about all of our amazing Southeast Asian animals.   “My personal favourites are our incredible stick insects – they aren’t just boring, brown sticks, ours are really big and come in all colours, they look absolutely out of this world.”   EAZA Southeast Asia Campaign Week timetable: 11.45 Himalayan Black Bear Talk  13.00 Far East Walkabout  15.30 Sulawesi Crested Macaque Talk  15.45 Get Sticky! Creature Feature We’ll also be highlighting the campaign in several of our regular talks including: 12.00 Tiger Talk   12.30 Creature Feature (Rainforests)   dzg_eaza_1   dzg_eaza_1

CAPTIONS: At risk: (from top) Bornean orang utan, Lar gibbon, Asiatic short-clawed otter and Himalayan black bear.

Sticky subject: Presenter Caroline Howard will be talking about stick insects in DZG’s Get Sticky! Creature Features throughout the week (until Sunday, July 29).




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