Originally founded in 1859 Copenhagen Zoo is now a non-profit organisation missioned to species conservation through education, research, and action. In the past decades, species “manipulations” in the wild has become integrated part of the zoo’s activities. This includes small populations management and developing an evidence base for decisions as well as developing useful protocols and methods.
Conservation Management: The zoo is hosting the European centre for IUCN SSC CPSG (Conservation Planning Specialist Group) that work closely with the Danish as well as the EU environmental authorities.
Research: Despite its relatively small size, the zoo is ranked high among European zoos in terms of producing peer reviewed publications covering diverse aspects of conservation biology, animal welfare, animal behaviour, zoological medicine and policy papers. The zoo’s publications receive by far the highest number of citations, which is an indication that the publications are generally published in higher impact-factor journals.
Education and awareness raising: For the past decades, the zoo is registered as an official outside-the-school education venue and provide external nature-education to more than 40.000 students annually, which makes the zoo the single largest education institution for children in Denmark in terms of individual students receiving structured education
ASAP Species That We Work On
What We Do
Copenhagen Zoo have had conservation programmes in Southeast Asia since 1998. Specifically focused on Malaysia and Indonesia. The zoo remains actively engaged in delivering capacity building to Andalas University (Padang, Sumatra), the Centre for Biodiversity Conservation, Royal University of Phnom Penh, Cambodia and the in Thailand the Animal Conservation and Research Institute Nakhon Ratchasima as well as working with the Sarawak Forestry Departments providing technical capacity building related to biodiversity survey, management and conservation as well as providing strategic, organisational and technical capacity building to palm oil companies interested in sustainable palm oil production (Borneo). The zoo also continues a long-term collaboration with the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Indonesia, with an aim to continually improve conservation management and research capacity in Baluran National Park, East Java.
In the Belambangan UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and in central Javan highlands of the Mount Slamet-Dieng Plateau landscape we work closely with local partner NGO and local communities to reduce the unsustainable trapping of birds.
Other work include partners and advocacy and we are intensively involved in the collaborative work around Action Indonesia and Silent Forest.
Incidentally most of the ASAP species we work with are birds as most of other taxa we work with are fortunately not (yet) on the ASAP list.
Where We Work
Baluran National Park, East Java
Belambangan UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, East Java
Alas Purwo National Park, East Java
Mount Slamet-Dieng Plateau, Central Java
Krau Wildlife Reserve, Peninsular Malaysia
Sg. Dusun Wildlife Reserve, Peninsular Malaysia
Samunsam Wildlife Sanctuary, Sarawak
Usun Apau National Park, Sarawak
Timber Concessions, Sarawak