Animals and plants are disappearing at an alarming rate as a result of deforestation, pollution, land conversion, climate change and the illegal wildlife trade.

As a result, for some wildlife there just aren’t enough natural habitats left for them to survive in. Zoos are becoming an even more important force in making sure we don’t lose some of the world’s most endangered wildlife forever.

Chester Zoo staff propagating critically endangered black poplar species
Our staff are helping to save one of the most critically endangered tree species in Great Britain

We’re proud to be leading the way in helping to increase the numbers of animals and plants, through scientific investigation, conservation breeding and plant propagation programmes at the zoo and in the field.

The knowledge and skills of our staff and the commitment of our community and partners can make a real difference increasing populations and sustaining animals and plants in the wild.