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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 it one of the oldest zoos in the world. Despite its long history and remarkable surroundings, Korkeasaari Zoo is a modern zoo with a mission to conserve biodiversity. We want our visitors to value the importance of biodiversity and be motivated to change their behaviour to that of more environmentally friendly. Korkeasaari Zoo aims to be carbon neutral by the year 2030.

Korkeasaari Zoo is a member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA), the European Association of Zoos and Aquariums (EAZA), and the International Zoo Educators Association (IZE). In cooperation with other modern zoos, we breed endangered species to maintain a healthy and viable zoo population. Did you know that for example European bison, bearded vulture, European forest reindeer and Przewalski’s wild horse had been lost from the wild either locally or globally, but were brought back from extinction with the help of zoos. Korkeasaari Zoo takes part in reintroductions of endangered species. For example, in the summer 2019, two Przewalski’s wild horses born in Korkeasaari Zoo were released to the Gobi desert in Mongolia.

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!

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AMUR PROJECT

Donations collected: over 300 000 €
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 Amur leopards and tigers. Learn how you can donate!
Threats:
poaching
decreasing of habitats
forest fires
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lahjoita villieläinsairaalalle

WILDLIFE HOSPITAL

Donations collected: over 33 500 €
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

Threats:
traffic
people’s ignorance
lahjoita lumileopardeille

SNOW LEOPARD

Donations collected: over 20 500 €
Snow leopards
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!
Threats:
poaching
decreasing of prey animals
decreasing of habitats

 

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AMPHIBIANS

Donations collected: over 16 800 €
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!
Threats:
parasite fungus
decreasing of habitats
climate change
non-native species
lahjoita berberiapinoille

BARBARY MACAQUE

Donations collected: over 7 000 €
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 their field studies and education of the locals. Learn how you can donate!

Threats:
illegal pet trade
destruction of habitats

 

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lahjoita manuleille

PALLAS’S CAT

Donations collected: over 2 100 €
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, and it is concidered near threatened. Korkeasaari Zoo has supported the concervation of the species since 2014. With the help of these funds, the cats are studied via portable cameras, and the local herders and communities are educated about them. Learn how you can donate!
Threats:
poaching
destruction of habitats
poisoning

 

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RED PANDA

Donations collected: over 2 000 €
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, locals have been educated, new rangers are hired and the red pandas are studied. Learn how you can donate!
Threats:
destruction of habitats
illegal pet trade
poaching
Canine Distemper Virus
lahjoita partakorppikotkille

BEARDED VULTURE

Donations collected: over 2 500 €
Vultures are important to the ecosystem of mountain ranges. By eating carcasses, they prevent the spreading of deseases. The conservation 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!
Threats:
poaching
poisoning
fragmentation of habitats

WILD HORSES

Reintroduction project started in 2014
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.
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FOREST REINDEER

Reintroduction project started in 2017
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.

climate

CLIMATE

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.



 

Donate!

If you are visiting Helsinki, you can donate cash in Korkeasaari Zoo.

If you live in Finland, you can donate money to our conservation projects also with bank transfer.
IBAN: FI14 1572 3000 3693 14 with the reference number for the project of your choise.

Reference numbers
AMUR project: 1025
Wildlife hospital: 3104
Snow leopards: 40002
Amphibians: 2024
Barbary macaques: 6004
Pallas’s cats: 7003
Red pandas: 5005
European forest reindeers: 9014
Vultures: 8002

Money collection permit

Korkeasaaren ystävät ry (registered association “Friends of Korkeasaari Zoo”) has a money collecting permit from National Police Board, permit number RA/2017/1010. Collection Period is 19.10.2017 – 18.10.2019 in Finland with the exception of the Åland Islands. The collected money will be used in Finland and abroad for conservation work of endangered species and their habitats by partners.

Korkeasaaren ystävät ry: n keräyslupanumero on RA/2017/1010. Keräyslupa on voimassa 19.10.2017 – 18.10.2019 koko Suomen alueella Ahvenanmaata lukuun ottamatta. Varojen käyttötarkoitus ja kohdealue: Kerätyt varat käytetään uhanalaisten lajien ja näiden elinympäristöjen suojeluun Suomessa ja ulkomailla osallistumalla yhteistyökumppanien toteuttamiin kenttäsuojeluhankkeisiin.

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