Help wild animals! Menu Main Opening hours and services Arrival Tickets Explore the zoo Conservation FAQ Group bookings Main Opening hours and services Arrival Tickets Explore the zoo Conservation FAQ Group bookings Help wild animals! Korkeasaari Zoo is a non-profit foundation that aims to conserve endangered species and biodiversity: we want a better world for wild animals. In order to support our mission, we annually donate to multiple field conservation projects. You can read about our current projects below and also donate to the project of your choosing! The collected funds are used for conserving animal species, their habitats and biodiversity, as well for research and development that supports these conservation efforts. AMUR PROJECT Donations collected: over 530 000 € 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. Threats: poaching decreasing of habitats forest fires DONATE! Learn more WILDLIFE HOSPITAL Donations collected: over 60 000 € Korkeasaari Zoo’s Wildlife Hospital is a place where people can bring wild animals in need to receive professional care. It is Finland’s largest hospital for injured and orphaned wild animals: every year over 1500 patients are treated. The treatment aims to return the animals back to nature in good health. By donating you support the operations and development of the Wildlife Hospital! Threats: traffic people’s ignorance DONATE! Learn more SNOW LEOPARDS Donations collected: over 63 000 € 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. Threats: poaching decreasing of prey animals decreasing of habitats DONATE! Learn more AMPHIBIANS Donations collected: over 20 000 € 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. Threats: parasite fungus decreasing of habitats climate change non-native species DONATE! BARBARY MACAQUES Donations collected: over 22 000 € 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. Threats: illegal pet trade destruction of habitats DONATE! Learn more PALLAS’S CATS Donations collected: over 7 800 € 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. Threats: poaching destruction of habitats poisoning DONATE! Learn more RED PANDAS Donations collected: over 12 200 € 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. Threats: destruction of habitats illegal pet trade poaching Canine Distemper Virus DONATE! BEARDED VULTURES Donations collected: over 6 700 € 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. Threats: poaching poisoning fragmentation of habitats DONATE! SAIMAA RINGED SEALS Donations collected: over 6 500 € 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. FANC works by plowing man-made snowbanks to help seals in their nesting and spreading information about seal-safe fishing. Threats: drowning to fishing nets small population climate change DONATE! WILD CAMELS Donations collected: over 4 000 € Critically endangered wild camels live only on a small Gobi desert area in China and Mongolia. Their numbers are below a thousand. Illegal mining and oil pumping shrink their living areas, and illegal roads destroy the centuries old routes that the camels use between places to drink and eat. Funds collected in Korkeasaari Zoo support WCPF’s work with field work and education of the locals. Threats: poaching mining climate change DONATE! LEMURS OF MADAGASCAR Donations collected: over 6 000 €! Endangered lemurs live in the forests of Torotorofotsyin eastern Madagascar. The project helps to tackle deforestation by training locals in sustainable agriculure and planting trees, and collects information about lemur populations. Thrats: logging mining DONATE! GENERAL DONATION Can’t decide? Let us help! Donate to biodiversity! Korkeasaari will direct all general donations to conservation projects that need the support most. The collected funds are used for conserving animal species, their habitats and biodiversity, as well for research and development that supports these conservation efforts. DONATE!