The European Endangered Species Programme
The Jerusalem Biblical Zoo is a member of the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA). Animals kept in member zoos are subject to population management programs which aim to conserve healthy populations of animals in captivity as well as to protect genetic diversity. These programs provide a future for some of the world’s most vulnerable species.
There are two levels of breeding program within EAZA of which the European Endangered Species Programme (EEP) is the most intensive type of population management for a species kept in EAZA zoos. Each of the EEPs has a coordinator who is someone with a special interest in and knowledge of the species concerned, and who is working in an EAZA zoo or aquarium. The coordinator is assisted by a Species Committee who help with decision-making and administrative matters.
The coordinator manages many tasks including collecting information on the status of all the animals of the species for which he or she is responsible kept in EAZA zoos and aquaria; producing a studbook; and carrying out demographic and genetic analyses in order to plan for the future management of the species. Together with the Species Committee, recommendations are made each year about which animals should be allowed to breed, which individual animals should go from one zoo to another, the conditions of such a move (breeding loan, exchange, term free disposition, etc.) and so on.
The Jerusalem Biblical Zoo participates in a number of EAZA Endangered Species Programmes by housing endangered species; as well as through the involvement of our professional zoological staff members who are active within EEPs in coordinating or advisory capacities.