As part of the Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust, Newquay Zoo is actively involved in a number of conservation projects. The WWCT co-ordinates seven regional conservation programmes in the UK and overseas, all of which are funded by its zoos and involve many zoo and trust staff in their operation. We also support a small number of projects outside of these regions where there is a clear link with the work we do within the zoos.
Here is a little more about just two of the projects we are currently involved in. To find out more about any of our conservation projects please visit the WWCT home page.
Selamatkan Yaki (Save the Sulawesi black macaque)
The charismatic Sulawesi black macaque (or 'Yaki' in the native Bahasa Indonesian language) is the flagship species for the Selamatkan Yaki campaign. Sulawesi is an Indonesian Island located within the Wallacea region, one of the world’s richest biodiversity hot spots. Many of the animals and plants living here, including the Sulawesi macaque, cannot be found anywhere else on the planet. While the macaques are the flagship species for this campaign, due to their rapidly declining numbers, saving their habitat will hopefully ensure the survival of other endemic species such as the babirusa and Sulawesi forest turtle.
Newquay Zoo houses a group of Sulawesi macaques which are part of the European captive breeding programme for this species. Our staff here at Newquay Zoo have been involved in creating education materials used for the conservation campaign both in the UK and Sulawesi. Our staff also regularly participate in events, such as the Three Peaks Challenge, to generate funds for the campaign.
Save Vietnam’s Wildlife
Vietnam has been chosen as one of the Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust’s Regional Conservation Programmes due to the need to address the threats facing much of the country’s wildlife. While habitat loss is an issue for Vietnamese wildlife, the overriding threat is the illegal trade of bushmeat, pets and traditional medicine. Species such as the scaly Sunda pangolin are hunted in such vast numbers that their population has decreased by 80% over the last 20 years. As a result they are now classed Critically Endangered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), one classification away from Extinct!
Newquay Zoo has been a long term supporter of Save Vietnam’s Wildlife (previously the Carnivore and Pangolin Conservation programme). Newquay Zoo staff regularly visit Cuc Phuong National Park to offer expertise and work alongside staff and volunteers at the rescue and rehabilitation centre. Newquay Zoo staff also co-ordinate the European breeding programme for the Owston’s palm civet, a charismatic carnivore currently listed as Vulnerable by the IUCN due to continuing population decline.
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