Visitors of the Tallinn Zoo can support the protection of species around the world with ticket purchases
From the 1st of May, the price of single tickets to the Tallinn Zoo will be increased by one euro. The euro added to the ticket price will be transferred to the species protection account and will help the zoo to contribute to the protection of endangered species. The price increase is optional, so visitors have the opportunity to purchase the ticket for the regular price and enter the zoo without contributing to the fund.
‘This type of financing of wildlife conservation projects is becoming increasingly popular among European zoos. The first zoo to implement this was the Basel Zoo. Among the many zoos who now practice this, Leipzig and Wrocław zoos are worth a special mention – they supported nature conservation with more than 200,000 euros last year,’ said Tiit Maran, Director of the Tallinn Zoo. ‘I really hope that visitors to the Tallinn Zoo will also contribute to tackling the ongoing crisis of biodiversity loss,’ Maran added.
With the funds accumulated for the protection of species, the zoo will support select conservation projects around the world that protect endangered species in the wild. An overview of the accumulated account and the projects that will be supported using the visitors’ contributions will be given early next year. The Tallinn Zoo aims to select viable projects that will receive long-term support from the zoo.
For the Tallinn Zoo, this is not the first venture to support conservation efforts. Since 2016, the zoo has cooperated with SA Lutreola. Donations to the foundation and sales of their charitable products support organisations such as the WildCats Conservation Alliance, whose mission is to save the Siberian tiger and the Amur leopard, the Save the Rhino charity for conserving the hook-lipped rhinoceros, the Snow Leopard trust for conserving snow leopards, and a conservation project on Hiiumaa to benefit the European mink population. In 2018, the Tallinn Zoo and SA Lutreola received a record amount for conservation projects from donations and sales of charitable products – 23,326.91 euros, which is almost twice as much as the previous year.
Conservation of biodiversity has also gained more popularity among private persons and businesses. In 2018, Keret Linamäe supported the conservation of the snow leopard with 2,000 euros and OÜ FRAMM contributed 5,000 euros to the conservation of the Sumatran rhinoceros. The support received from the Friends of the Tallinn Zoo also played an important role – up to ten per cent of contributions received from the society go to the conservation of endangered species.
Last year, just over 430,000 people visited the Tallinn Zoo. Every visit counts!
Tallinn Zoo ticket prices during the summer period (1 May – 30 September) from 1 May 2019:
Adults: 9 euros*
Students, pensioners: 6 euros*
Family ticket: 21 euros*
*The price includes a voluntary donation of one euro for the protection of endangered species. Visitors who do not wish to support conservation with the ticket purchase can opt out of the donation and pay a euro less for the ticket.