Conservation is at the heart of everything we do. Ask any staff member and they will tell you that what drives them is their passion for conservation - the ability to make a difference to wildlife and the environment, and to inspire others to do the same. By giving our visitors the chance to have amazing up-close animal encounters, we hope to inspire them to value wildlife.
Project Elephant will secure the future of elephants here at Blackpool Zoo, but it will also play a huge role in our efforts to secure the future of Asian elephants in the wild.
Asian elephants are classified as endangered by the IUCN, which sadly means they are facing a high risk of extinction in the near future.
Project Elephant, which has been in the planning pipeline for five years, means we will successfully house a herd of Asian Elephants for years to come.
Charities across the world are not only focusing on high-profile issues such as poaching, but also on the education of local people to ease the threat of human conflict.
We provide unique learning experiences aimed at increasing knowledge, fostering a love of living things, and empowering visitors young and old to take action. We hope to empower visitors to connect what they learn to real-life issues about conservation.
Through fundraising activities in the zoo, we are able to provide ongoing financial support to a wide variety of conservation projects aligned with the work of Blackpool Zoo.
We work with zoos across the UK, Europe and around the world to manage zoo populations of exotic species. Many of these species are threatened in the wild, so these animals provide us with insurance populations that are carefully managed to ensure genetic diversity. For species at a high risk of extinction this is vital.
We are continually working to better our animals. Research is an important part of daily husbandry and animal welfare and provides an understanding of a wide range of animal behaviour for example, nutrition, physiology and behaviour
Supporting the Biodiversity and Elephant Conservation Trust
The future of Asian Elephants in areas such as Sri Lanka is an uncertain one, and both long-term and short-term strategies are urgently needed if these elephants are to be saved. Awareness is one of the conservation strategies that has been adopted, especially for those living in the areas of human-elephant conflict.
The Biodiversity and Elephant Conservation Trust (BECT), a charity who's aim is to educate, inform and change people’s attitudes towards these magnificent animals, have launched an awareness programme in schools in areas where there has been conflicts. The interactive programme addresses the value of elephants, the causes of conflict, how to minimise the conflicts and stresses the need for conservation.
BECT also carry out vital work in the field, including training vets on specialised programmes, supporting the families of those killed by elephants, studying and tracking elephant travelling routes, monitoring baby elephants after they have been reintroduced into the wild and surveying the tame elephant population in Sri Lanka.
With the incredible generosity of our visitors, we have been able to raise over £33,000 over the past 11 years to support BECT and the fantastic work they do. This is something we are extremely proud of and hope to continue to do as we work to develop our new elephant facility.
Find out more about the Biodiversity and Elephant Conservation Trust here.