We’re passionate about conservation and education here at Battersea Park Children’s Zoo. In association with our sister parks the New Forest Wildlife Park in Hampshire and the Chestnut Centre in Derbyshire, we contribute to many conservation programmes, listed below.
At Battersea Park Children’s Zoo we have two species that are part of the European Endangered Species Programme (EEP). This is an organization dedicated to protecting and conserving the plants and animals who share our planet, but which may be at risk. These species are the black-capped squirrel monkey (Saimiri boliviensis boliviensis) and the Emperor tamarin monkey (Saguinus imperator subgrisescens).
We regularly hold workshops in conjunction with the People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) to ensure that our young visitors have the opportunity to learn about our British wildlife, including hedgehogs, stag beetles, harvest mice and bats. Throughout the year we hold fundraising days to support Proyecto Titi, a programme to help cotton-top tamarins in Colombia. We are also involved in raising awareness for the Scottish Wildcat throughout our three centres to help save this species from extinction.
All our animals are ambassadors for their wild relatives. We hope all our visitors, especially our younger ones, may learn to appreciate these amazing animals through seeing them at the Zoo and may want to protect and conserve them for the future.
New Forest Wildlife Park and the Chestnut Centre
Both our sister centres are involved in conservation projects for endangered species and in animal rescue work, in association with the RSPCA.
Many of the animals at these two wildlife parks, such as the giant otter, are on the IUCN endangered species Red List and we’re doing our best to help breed and conserve them for the future. We also work closely with all the regulatory authorities to make sure our animals receive the best care. International captive breeding programmes are strictly controlled to ensure good breeding stocks are available for species under threat.
Our other conservation projects include:
- Giant otter captive breeding programme
- The rehabilitation of injured and orphaned native species, such as otters, owls, and deer
- A Scottish wildcat captive breeding programme
- A harvest mouse captive breeding programme
- A pine marten captive breeding programme and studbook management
- A European polecat captive breeding programme
- Supporting Diane McTurk’s giant otter rehabilitation programme at Karanambu Ranch, Rupununi, Guyana
- A Eurasian otter captive breeding programme
- A donation to Nick Marx to help with his important rescue work at the Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Centre in Cambodia, including the hairy-nosed otter
- Management of the European stud book for the Asian short-clawed otter