Conservation research

Barcelona Zoo’s basic mission to play an active role in conservation, scientific research and dissemination regarding wild fauna and their natural habitats. This work, which it does in collaboration with other zoos, universities and research centres, follows the guidelines and strategies established by research committees belonging to the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) and the European Association of Zoos and Aquariums (EAZA), and is protected under existing legislation and regulations on conservation issues.

We are currently taking part in 97 EAZA ex-situ management programmes for endangered species (European Endangered Species Programmes, EEP and European StudBooks, ESB). More than 85% of the species we provide shelter for are included in the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)’s Red List of Threatened Species; over the last few years nearly 30% of the animals born in the Zoo that have left our facilities have been released into their natural environment.

Since 2009, we have implemented 108 institutional collaboration framework programmes, 110 specific research and/or conservation programmes and have given out 75 PRIC grants, 9 Floquet de Neu grants and 4 Antoni Jonch grants, under the Research and Conservation Programme (PRIC) and through the Barcelona Zoo Foundation. This represents a direct investment in research and conservation of over 1.5 million euros. More than 50% of the projects implemented with grants from Barcelona Zoo in the period 2009-2016 were focused on native fauna species.