Species Protection in the Wild

Beyond education, recreation and research, nature conservation and species protection are among the major missions of a scientifically managed zoo. This explains why Schönbrunn Zoo is participating in conservation projects in the wild. The zoo provides funding, participates in captive-breeding programs, conducts public relations work, contributes expertise and actively supports research efforts. This has meant a long-term commitment to numerous projects. Several projects are being conducted in faraway countries, others are anchored in Austria.

Giant panda species protection project

In striving to protect the giant panda, Schönbrunn Zoo is closely cooperating with the China Wildlife Conservation Association (CWCA). The zoo is disseminating its expertise in the framework of nature conservation management seminars and contributes financially to maintaining and establishing nature reserves. more information

Bald ibis species protection project

The bald ibis is among the most highly endangered bird species in the world. The black bald ibis survived only in zoos and is currently being reintroduced in the framework of a dedicated project. The zoo and its “Waldrappteam” (bald ibis team) is one of eight partners in the LIFE+ Biodiversity Project "Reason for Hope". more information

Batagur species protection project

The batagur (river terrapin) is one of the three rarest turtle species in the world. In 2010 the zoo proudly announced the world’s first-ever captive-bred hatchling. Beyond the important captive-breeding program, the zoo initiated a rescue operation in Bangladesh and southern India. more information

Orangutans species protection project

Habitat loss is proving to be a major threat to orangutans. The Red List classifies these fascinating great apes as threatened with extinction. Schönbrunn Zoo is supporting the research and nature conservation measures being conducted in the framework of the Hutan project on Borneo. more information

Polar bear species protection project

Climate change is literally causing the ice to melt away under the paws of Arctic polar bears. According to the most recent estimates, only about 20,000 polar bears still survive in the polar regions of the North. The zoo also supports the project of Polar Bears International, one of the major initiatives to save these bears. more information

Barbary macaque species protection project

Habitat destruction is the main threat facing Barbary macaques. The zoo is a supporter of the species protection project Barbary Macaque Awareness and Conservation (BMAC), which conducts education programs and is working to help ensure that illegally captured macaques are released again. more information

Brazilian tapir species protection project

The major threats facing this tapir are poaching and habitat destruction. In the framework of a research project in the Pantanal in South America, collar tags are providing insights into the lifestyle of these animals, and local residents are being informed about “their” fauna. more information

Pond turtle species protection project

The European pond turtle is the only turtle species native to Austria, but its populations are declining dramatically throughout Europe. In cooperation with the Alluvial National Park (Nationalpark Donau-Auen), home to Austria‘s last intact population, the zoo is conducting a species protection project. more information

Bearded vulture species protection project

Maligned as carrying off children and lambs, this harmless bird was eradicated in the early 20th century. Over the past 30 years, captive-bred animals from zoos have been used to successfully reintroduce this species. The individuals currently inhabiting the high alpine mountains include birds that hatched at Schönbrunn Zoo. more information

Ural owl species protection project

Habitat loss was responsible for the extinction of the Ural owl in Austria. The improved environmental conditions prompted a reintroduction project supported by Schönbrunn Zoo, which contributed its own captive-bred chicks. more information

Aphanius species protection project

Globally, around 20 species of these small fish (maximum length: 6 cm) have been described. Almost all of them are highly endangered. Schönbrunn Zoo keeps and successfully breeds about 18 species of this genus. Two of them are already extinct in the wild. more information

Corncrake species protection project

Two brooding sites of this rare meadow bird in Austria are located in meadows managed by Schönbrunn Zoo in the Vienna Woods. The zoo strives to preserve the diversity of plant and animal species in the Vienna Forest. more informationWe here at the zoo have already successfully supported a wide range of additional species protection projects. These include conservation efforts for the red panda, the meadow viper, native amphibians, chimpanzees, Bechstein’s bat and wildcats.