Our zoo is a meeting place full of amazing but at the same time endangered species. For ten years we have been running and supporting projects of protecting animal in their natural habitat. We work in Vietnam, Laos, Indonesia, Philippines, South Africa, Congo, Senegal, Brazil, Kazakhstan.
By buying ZOO SAVING WILDLIFE ticket, you donate 1 zloty to help to protect the endangered species. We believe, that you will help us to save okapi, African penguin, African manatee, fennec fox, Komodo dragon, Laotian rock rat, saola, Philippine mouse-deer, Asian songbirds and many other animals from extinction.
The needs of supporting animal welfare are increasing due to habitat destruction, human expansion, climate change, the globalisation of mining fossil fuels and farming practices. Around 1/3 of species is already imperiled and half of them may disappear before the end of this century!
Each zloty weighs for the animal protection!
Okapi (Okapia johnstoni) – a mammal from the Giraffidae currently inhibits Ituri forests in the northeast of the Democratic Republic of Congo. It was discovered by Europeans in 1900. The main threat to okapi is metals and minerals mining used in microprocessors production for mobile phones, tablets etc. Since 1932 okapi has been protected. ZOO Wroclaw and DODO Foundation support Okapi Conservation Project in Congo. https://www.okapiconservation.org/
African penguin (Spheniscus demersus) - the only penguin species to be found living in Africa. It inhabits the coast of Namibia through the Republic of South Africa to Mozambique. In recent years the population has been decreased by 95% to about 50.000 birds. Climate change that changes ocean currents, overfishing, oil spills from oil tankers is the biggest threat to African penguins. ZOO Wroclaw and DODO Foundation support the project to save penguin chicks in SANCOOB (South African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds). www.fundacjadodo.pl/pl/project/pingwiny-przyladkowe; www.sanccob.co.za
African manatee (Trichechus senegalensis) – very poorly recognisable marine mammal from the Trichechidae family. It lives in both Atlantic Ocean and in the fresh waters of the West African rivers that flow into it. Although it is a large animal and weighs around 500 kg, it is rarely noticed because it often feeds in turbid waters, rich in vegetation. Its favourite food is seagrass, but recently the scientists have found that African manatees also like mussels and small fishes. African manatees are endangered species because of poaching. Also, climate change and river engineering are threats to them. ZOO Wroclaw and DODO Foundation are founders of the research and protection of manatees in the region of Casamance River in southern Senegal. www.fundacjadodo.pl/pl/project/projekt-badan-i-ochrony-manatow-afrykanskich
Fennec fox (Vulpes zerda) – is the smallest fox in the world. Fennec fox inhibits Sahara dessert where living conditions are extremely difficult: during the day temperature exceeds 40 oC and in the night, it can fall to 0 oC and below. They adapted to these difficult conditions by performing life activities at dawn and dusk. Although they are predators and hunt with extreme agility for rodents, snakes and lizards, they don’t sniff at vegetation. Despite an excellent adaptation to difficult living conditions, Fennec foxes can’t defend themselves from two new threats! Climate change is affecting North Africa more and more, changing already scan and irregular rainfalls. And the newest threats to Fennec fox are poaching and illegal trade. They are often transported to Europe. Asia and America as pets and they ARE NOT DOMESTIC ANIMALS! ZOO Wroclaw and DODO Foundation are launching a project to protect Fennec fox in North Africa. www.fundacjadodo.pl/pl/project/fenki
Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis) – the largest lizard in the world. According to the last research, carried out in 2014, in Komodo National Park which comprises of four islands of Indonesia: Komodo, Rinca, Nusa Kode and Gili Motang, there are less than 3,000 Komodo dragons! On the Flores Island, located outside the Park, there is still a little-known population of Komodo dragons. ZOO Wroclaw with several European zoological gardens, finances and supports the research project in Wae Wuul Reserve. We know now that on the Flores there are around 60 Komodo dragons, but it is a very valuable population with high genetic variation. Thanks to our project, the knowledge about monitor lizards and the entire ecosystem are growing. In the reserve the number of poachers has decreased, educational programmes are conducted, and research workers are trained in new research techniques. www.zoo.wroclaw.pl/pl/animal/warany-z-komodo.htm
Laotian rock rat (Laonastes aenigmamus) – it was discovered and described in 2005 by scientists. It is the only representative of the Diatomyidae family which until now has been considered extinct 11 mln years ago! The Polish name ‘skamielinowiec laotański’ in a very good way reflects the uniqueness of this animal. This rodent, which looks more like a squirrel than a rat is an endemic species to Laos and in danger of extinction because of habitat destruction and poaching. Zoo Wroclaw with Prague Zoo is the founder and the persecutor of research and protection of the species. The research programme assumes the estimation of the range of occurrence, strength, and support of Laos authorities in the protection of the species at least within the reserves as well as in conservative breeding. www.fundacjadodo.pl/pl/project/fauna-laosu
Saola (Pseudoryx nghetinhensis) - it is an ungulate and belongs to the Bovidae and, despite the large size (it weighs approx. 90 kg) was discovered only in 1992 and scientifically described in 1995. So far, the traces of saola have been found only several times. It inhabits the tropical forest in a very difficult to access region of Vietnam, on the border with Laos. The scientists have developed a plan to save saola through research and protection in the natural habitat and its breeding at the research centre in Vietnam. www.fundacjadodo.pl/pl/project/saola/; www.savethesaola.org/
Phillipine mouse-deer (Tragulus nigricans) - one of the smallest of ungulates and calaman deer is endemic species for the Philippines and are in danger of extinction by poaching and habitat destruction. Zoo Wroclaw with several other zoological gardens is the founder of research and protection of these species by KATALA Foundation on Pawalan. The research programme is very board and assumes the estimation of range of occurrence, strength, guidelines for protection and translocation areas. www.fundacjadodo.pl/pl/project/fauna-filipin/
Asian songbirds – Indonesians love birds’ singing, that’s why… they keep them in cages. Traditional bird singing contests have grown into a powerful business: producers of cages, equipment, feed, bird trainers are benefiting from it… and the local nature is losing. The passion for this “hobby” meant that many local species are now on the verge of extinction. The environmental decay contributes to it – this is where the palm oil farming is spreading. The (still) growing remains of forests are… silent. This is a huge problem we wish to countervail. Together with other European zoos, we have started educational campaign “Silent Forest – Asian Songbirds Crisis”. www.silentforest.eu; www.fundacjadodo.pl/pl/project/fauna-indonezji