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Conservation work

Conservation work

By visiting Korkeasaari Zoo, you support our work as defenders of biodiversity and endangered species.
Korkeasaari Zoo has been established in 1889, which makes us one of the oldest zoos in the world. Despite our long history, Korkeasaari Zoo is a modern zoo with a mission to conserve biodiversity. We want a better world for wild animals and our visitors to value the importance of biodiversity and be motivated to change their behaviour to that of more environmentally friendly. We aim to be carbon neutral by the year 2030.

Korkeasaari Zoo is an accredited member of the European Association of Zoos and Aquariums (EAZA), and also a member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA), the International Zoo Educators Association (IZE), and both the Finnish and Swedish (SDF) zoo associations.

In cooperation with other modern zoos, we breed endangered species to maintain a healthy and viable zoo population. We also take part in reintroductions of endangered species. Did you know that for example European bison, bearded vulture, European forest reindeer and Przewalski’s wild horse had already been lost from the wild either locally or globally, but were brought back from extinction with the help of zoos.

In order to support our mission in protecting wild animals and their natural habitats, we annually donate to various field conservation projects. You can read about our current projects below. Bring your coins and donate to the project of your choosing!



Donations collected: over 470 000 €
The situation of the big cats living in the Russian Far East is worrying. Amur leopards (Panthera pardus orientalis) are in the brink of extinction – only about 100 of them are left in the wild. In the 1940’s there were only 40 Amur tigers (Panthera tigris altaica) left, but conservation projects have helped to grow the numbers to nearly 500. Korkeasaari Zoo is one of the biggest annual donators to the WildCats Conservation Alliance. Learn how you can donate!
decreasing of habitats
forest fires
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Donations collected: over 50 000 €
Korkeasaari Zoo’s Wildlife Hospital aims to help in all problem situations involving wild animals. Every year about 1 000 orphan or injured animals are brought to the Wildlife Hospital, and about 40 % of them get rehabilitated. Learn how you can donate!

You can contact us in case you need advices with troubled wild animals.
Wildlife hospital’s telephone during Zoo opening hours: +358 40 334 2954 | Email: villielainsairaala@korkeasaari.fi
When does an animal need help and what to do?

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Donations collected: over 47 000 €
Snow leopards (Panthera uncia) live in the Himalayan mountains. The species is considered vulnerable, as there are about 4 000 – 6 600 of them in the wild. Korkeasaari Zoo joined the international Snow Leopard Trust in 2012 to support the conservation work for wild snow leopards. Since the 1960’s, there has been about 130 snow leopard cubs born in Korkeasaari Zoo, which is more than in any other zoo. Learn how you can donate!
decreasing of prey animals
decreasing of habitats


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Donations collected: over 18 000 €
The world’s amphibians are in great danger. Many species are dissapearing at a rapid pace. After surviving in the Earth for over 360 million years, the amphibians are in crisis: at least third and in worst case even half of the world’s 6 000 amphibians will be lost in the near future. Learn how you can donate!
parasite fungus
decreasing of habitats
climate change
non-native species
lahjoita berberiapinoille


Donations collected: over 20 000 €
Barbary macaques (Macaca sylvanus) live mainly in the forests of Morocco and northern Algeria. A small group of them live also in Gibraltar, and they are the only primates in Europe in addition to humans. They are endangered: about 7 000 – 10 000 barbary macaques live in the wild. Funds collected in Korkeasaari Zoo support BMAC‘s work with field studies and education of the locals. Learn how you can donate!

illegal pet trade
destruction of habitats


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Donations collected: over 6 300 €
Pallas’s cat (Otocolobus manul) or manul is small cat living in large areas in Asia. The amount of wild Pallas’s cats is decreasing in the wild. Korkeasaari Zoo has supported the concervation of the species since 2014. With the help of these funds donated to RZSS, the cats are studied via portable cameras, and the local herders and communities are educated about them. Learn how you can donate!
destruction of habitats


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lahjoita pikkupandoille


Donations collected: over 8 700 €
Red pandas (Ailurus fulgens) live high in the Himalayan mountains. There’s about 10 000 of them, but the numbers are dropping. The amount of red pandas has decreased about 50% in the last 18 years. Currently the species is endangered. With the help of the funds collected, Red Panda Network educates locals, hires new rangers and the red pandas are studied. Learn how you can donate!
destruction of habitats
illegal pet trade
Canine Distemper Virus
lahjoita partakorppikotkille


Donations collected: over 5 400 €
Vultures are important to the ecosystem of mountain ranges. By eating carcasses, they prevent the spreading of deseases. The conservation work by VCF aims to reintroduce vultures to the nature, study them in their habitats, and to prevent different kinds of poisonings. In the summer of 2013, a bearded vulture (Gypaetus barbatus) born in Korkeasaari Zoo was released to the Vercors nature reserve in France. Learn how you can donate!
fragmentation of habitats


Donations collected: over 6 000 €
Saimaa ringed seal is one of the most endangered seals in the world. It only lives in lake Saimaa, in Finland. The seals were thought to be harmful for the fishing industry, and money was paid for dead seals until 1948. The species was protected in 1955, but the population kept getting smaller until 1980s, and it was estimated that only about 200 Saimaa ringed seals were left. Current threats include drowning to fishing nets and other fishing gear, and climate change – Saimaa ringed seals need snow and ice to give birth to their offspring.
drowning to fishing nets
small population
climate change
lahjoita metsäpeuroille


Przewalski’s Wild Horse
Przewalski’s wild horse (Equus przewalskii) went extinct in the nature in the late 1960’s. It is one of the species that would not be around without zoos. Wild horses have been bred in the zoos and the population has grown. The species has been reintoruced to Mongolia since 1988, and now about 400 horses live in the wild. In 2018, Korkeasaari Zoo’s Hanna and Helmi were sent to Mongolia, where in the summer 2019 they became the first wild horses in Gobi desert that have been born in Finland.
European Forest Reindeer
European forest reindeer (Rangifer tarandus fennicus) roamed almost everywhere in Finland until it was hunted to extinction in the 1900s. Luckily a population was left in the Russian Karelia, and the species walked across the border to Kainuu in 1950s. In the 1970s the forest reindeers were reintroduced back to the species original habitats in Suomenselkä. The worldwide population of the species is about 4 500 animals, and it is concidered near threatned. The reintroductions continue with WildForestReindeerLIFE project (2016-2022) funded by EU.

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Carbon neutral Korkeasaari 2030
Korkeasaari Zoo’s mission is to conserve endangered animals and biodiversity. Currently the climate change and unsustainable use of resources are weakening the species means of survival, and the way ecosystems work. In addition to endangered species’ conservation work, Korkeasaari Zoo wants to help to tackle climate change.

Korkeasaari Zoo aims to be carbon neutral by the year 2030. To complete this goal, Korkeasaari is changing to energy effecient LED-lightning and twilight switches, sorting waste more effeciently and making conscious decisions based on facts regarding the purchases. In 2019, Korkeasaari changed to carbon neutral district heating.

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If you are visiting Helsinki, you can donate cash in Korkeasaari Zoo. If you live in Finland, you can also donate money to our conservation projects also with bank transfer or by MobilePay!



Send the amount that you want to donate to Korkeasaari Zoo’s MobilePay number 20066. Add reference code to the comment field to guide the money to certain conservation project.

Bank transfer

Bank transfer

IBAN: FI35 8214 5710 0259 86 / Korkeasaari Zoo. Add reference code to guide the money to certain conservation project.

Reference codes
AMUR project: AMUR
Snow leopards: LUMILEOPARDI
Barbary macaques: BERBERIAPINA

Pallas’s cats: MANULI
Red pandas: PIKKUPANDA
Amphibians: SAMMAKKO

Wild camels: KAMELI
Saimaa ringed seals: NORPPA

Money collection permit
The Foundation of Korkeasaari Zoo (Korkeasaaren eläintarhan säätiö sr) has a money collecting permit from National Police Board, permit number RA/2020/1648. The permit is valid from 23.12.2020 until further notice, and it is valid in Finland with the exception of the Åland Islands.

The collected money will be used both in Finland and abroad to conserve biodiversity, endangered species and their natural habitats, and to fund research that contributes to conservation work, and to fund environmental education. The money will be used in the operation ranges of conservation organizations, and in co-operation with conservation campaigns by European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA).

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