Animal conservation is the meaning of the zoo!
Over half a million Polish złotys Zoo Wrocław and the Dodo Foundation donated last year to the protection of endangered animal species around the world. The president of the zoo, Radosław Ratajszczak, thanked the visitors and donors today. Thanks to their voluntary contributions the zoo can help animals around the world.
Opening today's press conference, the president of the Wrocław zoo - Radosław Ratajszczak, said: "The only justification for existence of a zoo today is the protection of animal species." And he develops this activity. Funds raised for this purpose by the zoo and its Dodo Foundation amounted to PLN 579,000 in 2019.The highest amount was obtained from the „Saving wildlife” ticket contributions - PLN 409,000. The remaining 170,000 was donated through:
This allowed the zoo and the foundation to get involved in dozens of conservation projects in South America, Africa, Asia, Indonesia, as well as in Europe. Financial assistance was provided to vetted organizations saving little-known species.
- It's easy to collect for such charismatic species as tigers or elephants. However, millions are needed for their conservation projects. Meanwhile, the Visayan warty pig or the Philippine mouse-deer are equally important for nature, and much less resources are needed to protect them. - Ratajszczak emphasizes.
Among the projects the zoo supported were:
The most spectacular conservation project of our zoo in 2019 was finding a lost species –the silver-backed mouse-deer. This small deer has not been seen for over 30 years. Thanks to our support it has been found. Activities are underway to protect this species, whose number is estimated at 1,000 - 1,200 individuals – adds Radosław Ratajszczak and ensures, that this is not the end of coservation activities. On the contrary, this is just the beginning.