Modern zoological gardens aim to fulfil several missions: among others, to support rescue of endangered species. To be able to help efficiently and correctly, the zoo participates in some rescue programmes.
What is EEP?
EEP stands for the European Endangered Species Programmes. Currently, there are around 160 such programmes which means that there are active coordinated breeding programmes for more than 160 animal species at the moment. The EEP (sometimes labelled as “preserving” programmes) aim to maintain mutual cooperation among all the member zoos of the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria which enables mutual exchange of animals and prevents undesired relational breeding. Committee meetings on individual species evaluate the whole region population and issue recommendations concerning an improvement of breeding conditions. The expert committees publish information on breeding, related to some of the species; or so-called ESB – European Studbooks.
What is ESB?
ESB stands for the European Studbooks which are supervised by appointed experts in individual European zoos. These books include such information as for instance who breeds the particular endangered species, where and in what quantity. While studying such complex information, one may discover a lot concerning an origin, affinity as well as genetic quality of the individual species and breeding as such. The ESB is a pre-degree for the EEP.
What are ISIS and ZIMS?
SIS is an abbreviation for the International Species Inventory System that was established in Minnesota, USA. It is a worldwide PC database which includes data on millions of individual animals of 7500 species at more than 500 breeding stations all around the world. Their internet website consists of both public and professional part. Our zoo participates in the processing of data which are subsequently transferred into ISIS. At the moment, the ISIS is being upgraded into a new database ZIMS.
The National Zoo Bojnice is a member of international organisations uniting zoos all over the world:
Why is the National Zoo Bojnice a member of EAZA?
Our zoo has been a member of the EAZA since 1994; the Bratislava Zoo is a member of this organisation as well. The EAZA unites all advanced zoos in Europe that meet demanding requirements related to breeding, saving and exhibiting the animal species. Other essential features include work with the general public, education programmes as well as other educational activities. Every autumn, a European-wide EAZA conference is held, always in a different country, featuring a different main topic and campaign. Each of these conferences includes a high number of plenary sessions, expert committees, TAGs and meetings. The EAZA regularly publishes various periodicals, maintains a website and constantly communicates with member zoos.
National Zoo Bojnice is a member of EEKMA
As our zoo is the only keeper of elephants in Slovakia, therefore it is a member of the European Elephant Keeper and Manager Association. Thanks to the membership, we receive updated information and reports mapping current affairs related to the elephants breeding. Thus, our elephant keepers, curators and vets have an access to the most updated information concerning elephants breeding in human care.
Who is united in UCSZOO and SAZZ?
All the zoos in the former Czechoslovakia (19) are still members of the Union of Czech and Slovak Zoological Gardens. Each year, the general assembly of this union (in 2003, it took place in Bojnice) is held, attended by directors, zoologists and other workers from individual zoos. An annual report of UCSZOO provides a complex overview of member zoos and the UCSZOO Almanac offers a detailed register of all bred animals. During the year, expert committees meetings are held. The SAZZ is the association of Slovak zoological gardens which joins all four Slovak zoos in one organisation.
National Zoo Bojnice is a member of WAZA
As the only Slovak zoo, our zoo was admitted into the most prestigious World Association of Zoos and Aquariums as its regular member in November 2003. This association unites about 200 elite zoos worldwide. The admission into this organisation is conditioned by passing strict accession negotiations. The predecessors of this association were the IUDZG, later the WZO. There are annual WAZA conferences, taking place always in a different part of the world.
The National Zoo Bojnice assists in primates rescue projects in Africa.
Since 2007, the National Zoo Bojnice has been a regular member of the WAPCA (West African Primate Conservation Action). This organisation coordinates breeding of two endangered species of West African primates (mačiak Rolowayov and mangabej bielokrký). Any prospective member should breed at least one of these species. These are critically endangered species as both are listed among 25 most endangered primate species in the world. The WAPCA members must contribute financially in rescue projects focused on these endangered species in Ghana and Ivory Coast. These means are to be used for various purposes, as for instance construction and management of a reservation, local population engagement projects related to nature protection, etc.