When the European Parliament amended the Zoo Licensing Act a few years ago it put
an obligation on all zoos in Great Britain to make efforts to encourage conservation
and to work in education. Tropiquaria takes these obligations seriously and, despite
its small size, it regularly breeds endangered animals and assists other zoos in
maintaining populations of such animals.
Ultimately it is intended that suitable representatives from such captive groups
of animals will be used to either repopulate the wild or to bolster depleted wild
population simply with numbers or by adding genetic variety to dwindling populations.
Such intentions though can normally only be achieved when the reasons for an animals
decline in the wild have been established and either controlled or reversed.
At present Tropiquaria has a number of animals whose wild populations are causing
concern. These include Cotton-top Tamarins, Scottish Wildcats and Northern Helmeted
Curassows. With the latter species it is thought that Tropiquaria has the only breeding
pair being currently exhibited in the UK. The stories of these animals, and why the
wild populations are in the predicament that they are, each lend themselves to student
project work, which can be undertaken at a number of levels.
Our Aquarium has a number of Endangered Species breeding projects and is a member
of the international “Goodeid Working Group”, helping to conserve these rare Mexican
livebearing fish. Further details can be found on our Aquarium pages.