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In the News: As part of EAZA, Jerusalem Zoo and Warsaw Zoo collaborate to protect endangered species

PikiWiki is a Hyacinth macaw at The Biblical Zoo in Jerusalem. Blue hyacinths (Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus) are the largest flying parrots in the world. In the past, wild individuals were hunted and traded, and in recent years their habitats have been destroyed. (Source: The Biblical Zoo of Jerusalem)

Some of our favorite news stories this year focus on zoos and aquariums working together to protect endangered species – and the role of regional and international associations in leading and facilitating these efforts.

Here, Poland national news and Israel’s ynet tv feature collaboration between European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA) members The Tisch Family Zoological Gardens in Jerusalem, the Biblical Zoo, and Warsaw Zoo.

…The Warsaw ZOO and the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo are members of the European Zoo Association EAZA and a joint program of protection and reproduction of endangered species. As part of membership in this organization, zoos jointly manage endangered species and move animals between zoos – in accordance with the recommendations and plans prepared by coordinators for individual species. The aim of such a program is to enable the breeding of endangered species in zoos to ensure the future of animals.

EAZA zoos do not source animals from nature, but breed them and manage the entire population through breeding programs and stud books. Thanks to the information gathered in one place (ZIMS database), zoos within their network can plan population development and the resulting transfers of animals.

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