Role of the Animal Park
Along with the growing interest in nature conservation, animal parks have evolved with new roles. Beyond entertainment, they incorporate awareness, education, research and conservation objectives. The means and contacts at their disposal allow them to get involved in concrete support actions. Since December 2002, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) officially considers animal parks as partners in nature conservation.
International breeding programs manage captive populations in a reasoned manner: this is ex situ conservation. This work takes on all its value thanks to the animal parks which invest in the conservation of animal species in their natural environments by financing or initiating conservation projects: this is in situ conservation.
In parks, the proximity of animals makes it easier to set up scientific studies and in situ conservation benefits directly from new knowledge. The establishment of the link between the ex situ and the in situ is to be privileged to favor the creation of networks and the effectiveness of action.
Today, the protection of nature is the raison d'être of zoos and animal parks, it guides in a coherent and natural way all the activities of a park, whether they are of leisure, awareness, education, research and conservation.
The conservation of species and their environments cannot be done without an appropriate and associated pedagogy allowing general awareness. Pedagogy and education are therefore part of the major missions of animal parks.
Actions to live better
Recovery of unsold fruits and vegetables in supermarkets to limit waste.
Animal excrements are collected and then distributed to an organic market gardener to spread in his fields
All the plants are composted