Basel Zoo is currently supporting ten nature conservation projects worldwide. As a result, the zoo is contributing towards protecting and maintaining natural habitats, animals and plant species. Furthermore, Basel Zoo is actively involved in over 40 international conservation breeding programmes for endangered species and runs breeding programmes for fives species itself.
Basel Zoo follows specific principles defined by the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) (World Zoo and Aquarium Nature Conservation Strategy, 2015).
With the introduction of the new nature conservation contributions on 01 July 2016, nature conservation will be further strengthened. For every annual season ticket sold, a contribution of CHF 1.50 goes to nature conservation projects, and there will be a voluntary contribution of CHF 1.00 added to all admission tickets. Up to this point, annual contributions ranged from CHF 100,000 to 120,000. Basel Zoo hopes that this contribution can be increased significantly with visitors' support.
Director Olivier Pagan explains Basel Zoo's commitment in a video interview.