Newquay Zoo is part of the Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust along with Living Coasts and Paignton Zoo. All are conservation, research and education charities dedicated to the protection of animals, plants and their environments, both locally and internationally.
Wildlife conservation and preservation is a major concern for everyone. Species and their habitats face a number of threats such as pollution, competition from introduced species, the illegal wildlife trade, habitat destruction and climate change, many of which are related to over-exploitation of natural resources by people.
In addition, staff at Newquay Zoo play important roles in co-ordinating breeding programmes for endangered species conservation in line with the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) strategy. As part of this, Newquay Zoo collaborates with other zoos internationally, animals are moved between zoos to prevent inbreeding and ensure the maintenance of healthy genetic diversity.
In addition, Newquay Zoo, Paignton Zoo and Living Coasts are also part of the Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust, together with Slapton Ley National Nature Reserve and two local nature reserves in Paignton (Primely Park and Clennon Gorge).
The Field Conservation & Research department co-ordinates the involvement of all the zoos in wildlife conservation projects both in the UK and overseas, as well as managing scientific research projects within the zoos and reserves on topics such as animal behaviour, nutrition, enrichment and ecology.
Follow the links below or visit Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust's own website for more information on conservation projects and zoo and reserve-based research: