The Benefit of Conservation
Each year countless numbers of animal species become endangered or extinct, sometimes
without us even realizing. Some species, however, have been rescued from the brink of
extinction, thanks to conservationists and scientists in biological and medical fields.
When a rare or endangered species of animal is saved, our children have a chance to
come into contact with them personally instead of only reading about them in books.
Some rare species play a vital part in the animal food chain, contributing to the balance
of population in the wild, such as owls keep field rats population from growing rampant.
Conservation is necessary to ensure the survival of various species of animals that play
an important role in the balance of nature and the evolution of the living animals.
Conservation Programs for Youths
Conservation programs for youths are designed to instill awareness of the great importance
of conservation in children and youths, so they may grow up with the correct attitude and
approach towards animals and their habitats.
To achieve this we organize activities and events ideal for children and youths to
participate in. Direct participation allows them first-hand experience at appreciating
the importance of conservation. Our activities include:
- School fields trips to our 5 zoos
- Competitions in drawings with themes involving animals and their habitats
- Personal encounters with animals (under supervision of zoo keepers)
Conservation Programs for adults
Conservation programs for adults are open for keen conservationists as well as
the general public to take advantage of the ZPO's public facilities in all 5 zoos in Thailand.
As a member of the international zoological community, we are keen to play our part
in contributing to the breeding of animals that are needed in different zoos around the world.
We focus on animals that inhabit the jungles of Thailand, that are not found elsewhere,
so that zoo-goers in other countries can experience animals not only native to their land,
just as Thai zoo-goers can enjoy seeing African elephants, giraffes and penguins.
Returning Animals to the Wild
Animals in the wild
One of the ZPO's final goals for animals in its care is returning them to the wild. Returning
animals to the wild is a very delicate undertaking that requires careful training of animals
so they are able to adapt to their habitats in the wild. Sometimes an animal cannot be returned
to the wild, whilst another may be able to survive in the early stages only to wind up unable
to fend for themselves later.
The ZPO's role is to train animals to be ready with mental and physical ability to cope
when they enter the wild, and to coordinate with the Forestry Department to monitor those
animals which are returned, to ensure their survival and well-being.