A EURO FOR NATURE!
Visitors of the Tallinn Zoo can support the protection of species in the wild with ticket purchases. The euro added to the ticket price will be transferred to Tallinn Zoo’s species account and will help the zoo to contribute to the protection of endangered Sumatran rhino and near-threatened Pallas’ cat. Donations go to the organizations Save the Rhino and Pallas’s Cat International Conservation Alliance, to support activities aimed at conserving these species in the wild. The donation is optional, so visitors have the opportunity to purchase the ticket for the regular price and enter the zoo without contributing to the fund.
The Sumatran rhino population in Southeast Asia has fallen to a critical level in the last century as a result of human activity. Widespread habitat loss and fragmentation have led to surviving animals to meet and breed in the wild, while the treat of poaching still looms. Nowadays there are less than 80 rhinos in the species habitats – the rainforests of Borneo and Sumatra. Save the Rhino’s mission is to help to relocate remaining and Sumatran rhinos to safe sanctuaries. Its objective is to successfully breed Sumatran rhinos, which as feasible, could eventually be reintroduced to the wild.
In 2002 the global population of the Pallas’ cat was estimated at 50,000, by 2016 it had fallen to 15,300. The Pallas’ cat has a small, but widespread population and a mysterious way of living, thus a lot of resources and international co-operation is needed to study this wildcat population. The aim of the Pallas’s Cat International Conservation Alliance is to objectively assess the number of wildcats, to carry out the ecological studies needed to draw up conservation plans, and to provide information and cooperation with local communities to ensure the conservation and protection of Pallas’ cat and their prey.
Tallinn Zoo started supporting species protection activities from ticket sales in the spring of 2019. During 2019 our visitors contributed with 24 000 euros and together with the funds from a campaign launched at the end of the year, a total of €78,440 was to the Australian Zoo and Aquarium Association’s Nature Conservation Fund to help animals affected by large-scale landscape fires and habitats.
Tallinn Zoo will announce the funds collected in 2020 and their use to the public in the beginning of 2021.