The Protection of Endangered Species

The Zoo and Foundation Lutreola Support the Protection of Endangered Species in the Wild.

According to the Red List of the International Union for Conservation of Nature, over 12 500 species of animals are endangered. They all need help. Species conservation is a diverse field, which includes both the protection of habitats, the regulation of trade in endangered species, including the fight against poaching, as well as information and research activities.

The zoos can do a lot for species protection by supporting in situ conservation in addition to their usual activities.

At Tallinn Zoo and Foundation Lutreola, volunteers run the species conservation projects, selling non-profit merchandise and collecting donations to raise funds. Everyone who has bought our cushions for their sofa, an animal-print shirt to wear, a mug to drink their morning coffee from or a bag to go shopping with, not to mention magnets on their fridges and badges on their jackets, has contributed to species conservation.

In 2017, a grand total of 12 155,82 Euros was collected from the sales and donations, which is more than double the amount in 2016.

Support to species conservation projects in 2017:

Tallinn Zoo and Foundation Lutreola have for years focused on the protection of European mink, as a result of which a population has been introduced to the island of Hiiumaa. 2910,01 Euros were collected for the support of European mink.

In order to preserve rhinos, collaboration continues with the international conservation organisation Save the Rhino to support the Ol Jogi conservancy in Kenya. 2634,52 Euros were transferred.

For the amur tiger and amur leopard, 3312,20 Euros were raised. The donation will go to WildCats Conservation Alliance that coordinates conservation efforts on the border of Russia and China.

For the protection of snow leopards, 1656,09 Euros were collected to be transferred to the respective conservation organisation Snow Leopard Trust.

The protection and research of the flying squirrel will be funded in the amount of 1643 Euros, but the suitable project is still to be determined.

In comparison – in 2016, 1115,77 Euros were raised for the protection of European mink; WildCats Conservation Alliance was supported in the amount of 2367,78 Euros; Snow Leopard Trust received a donation of 1183,89 Euros; through the organisation Save the Rhino, enclosures for orphaned or sick rhino babies were built at the Ol Jogi conservancy in Kenya for our contribution of 1030,40 Euros.

The beginning of 2018 brought a pleasant surprise – a generous donor gave 2000 Euros for the protection of snow leopards on the occasion of her 50th birthday! This is to date the largest private donation made to a species conservation organisation through Tallinn Zoo.

The operation of the online shop and sales at the Zoo grounds depend on voluntary activity. Many kind people have spent weekends or attended events at the zoo to sell merchandise and collect donations. Without them, the funds would never have been raised. We also care about the Estonian economy, which is why all the products we sell have been made locally. At the Zoo, deposit-subjected packaging can be donated to species conservation as well: the collection box is located by the exit of the Western Gate.

You can make a contribution to species protection by donating a suitable amount to the bank account of FOUNDATION LUTREOLA:

IBAN: EE692200221012181039
Bank: Swedbank, Liivalaia 8, 15040 Tallinn, Estonia

Please include your identity code as Foundation Lutreola is included in the list of income tax incentive non-profit organisations.

Paypal users can easily send their contribution via the address

Please tag DONATION in the payment information and the species you wish to support (snow leopard, amur leopard/amur tiger, European mink, rhino, flying squirrel)

Thank you for helping us help!


  • Ticket office
  • Indoor expositions *
  • Children’s Zoo

Indoor exhibitions are closed on Mondays. The zoo's territory is open for walking until 7 PM.

How to get here

Paldiski mnt. 145 – North Entrance

From Tallinn city centre (Kaubamaja) bus no. 42 (Bus stop Zoo) From Freedom square (Vabaduse väljak) buses no. 22, 41, and 42 (Bus stop Zoo) From Railway station (Balti jaam) buses no. 21, 41, and 43 (Bus stop Zoo)

Ehitajate tee 150 – West Entrance

From Tallinn city centre (Kaubamaja) bus no. 42 (Bus stop Karikakra or Nurmenuku) From Railway station (Balti jaam) bus no. 43 (Bus stop Karikakra, Nurmenuku or Zoo) Buses no. 10, 12, 13, 28, 37, 45, 46, 47

Zoo map


E-R +372 6943 300; Emergency: 512 69 65

Ehitajate tee 150/Paldiski mnt. 145
Tallinn 13522, Estonia

Give us feedback