A place like no other
We’re acting right now in Latin America to protect the amazing wildlife found in this unique part of the world. With a range of different habitats from mountains to rainforests, the diversity of wildlife found in Latin America is like no other place on Earth.
We're leading the way
We’re at the forefront of the conservation work needed to help save the Ecuador Amazon parrot from extinction. Following years of research carried out by our conservation scientists the bird was only recognised as a species in its own right in 2013 – and it’s feared that there are around 600 left in the wild! Very little is known about this species which is why the monitoring and survey work we’re doing is vital in protecting this beautiful bird.
Animals under threat
We’ve been working with our partners in Brazil for over a decade to help protect the incredible lowland tapir. After over 12 years of research the project expanded from the Atlantic rainforest to the Pantanal – the world’s largest area of wetland – and then again to the Cerrado. Again, without research our colleagues wouldn’t know just how big of an impact these threats are having on tapir populations and ways of saving them.
A silent killer
It’s a race against time for many amphibian species as a silent killer, the lethal skin disease known as chytrid, devastates populations around the world. One species that is on the verge of extinction due to chytrid is the mountain chicken frog. We’re working in collaboration with other zoos to help save this critically endangered species through a breeding programme before it’s too late. Even though the programme is the first of its kind to focus on amphibians, it’s seen as the last hope for the long-term survival of the species.