Nordens Arks conservations projects

Biological diversity is under threat; the greater number of humans and our new ways of life impact on nature, and thereby the animals that live in it. One reason many species are endangered is simply that their habitats have been altered by man. For Nordens Ark Foundation, our conservation projects form the backbone of the important work that we do.

Nordens Arks most important focus areas are to contribute to work on saving animal species/breeds threatened with extinction through rearing and conservation and releasing animals into their natural habitats whenever feasible. As well as conduct research and studies into animal species/breeds at Nordens Ark, thereby fostering a greater understanding of them and improving their chances of survival.

We work actively with several population-strengthening measures by reintroducing animals to the wild. But for this to happen, the environments where they live have to be suitable. Therefore we are also working to improve their natural habitats. We are taking part in projects both in Sweden and overseas.

Amur tiger

Russia’s Amur tiger population has been estimated at 430 to 500 individuals, and this means the subspecies is classified as ‘Endangered’ by the international conservation organisation IUCN. Read about the project here

Great capricorn beetle

The great capricorn beetle lives on old oaks with rough bark that are exposed to the sun, and it’s probably the lack of such habitats that is the principal cause of the species’ decline. Read about our efforts in the wild.

Green Toad

There are many reasons for the species’ decline, including eutrophication and overgrowth of once nutrient-poor open land, lowering of groundwater and drainage of spawning grounds, deteriorating water quality, and the introduction of fish and crayfish in many ponds. Read about our efforts in the wild

Lemur Leaf Frog

The Lemur Leaf Frog is critically endangered and close to extinction in the wild. Only at a single location in Costa Rica is it known with certainty to exist. Read about the project here

Lesser white-fronted goose

The lesser white-fronted goose is globally threatened and classed as Vulnerable on the international Red List. It’s one of Sweden’s most critically endangered species of bird. Every year we release about 50 lesser white-fronted geese in Lapland and white-backed woodpeckers in Dalarna and Värmland. Read about our effort in the wild

Longhorn beetle

The lack of really large old oaks is one of the reasons the longhorn beetle is now among the rarest beetles in Sweden. Read about our effort in the wild

Nordic bee

Most of the bees you see in the skies today are yellow ones, and the Nordic brown bee is classed as Endangered. Few people keep Nordic bees these days, so it’s important to continue breeding the species if it’s to be saved. Read about the project here

Pallas cat

The species is under threat from habitat destruction, from being caught in traps intended for other species, and from the poisoning of natural prey animals. The Pallas cat is one of the world’s least studied felines, and lack of understanding about the species limits the development of targeted conservation measures. Read about our efforts in wild

Peregrine Falcon

Over the years, the Peregrine Falcon Project has become a highly successful fauna project, and the future for Sweden’s peregrine falcons looks bright. Read about the project here

Red panda

It is totally dependent on the bamboo forests where it lives. Today, large areas of forest are being felled, leading to the species becoming endangered. Read about our work in the wild

Snow Leopard

Nordens Ark is working with the Snow Leopard Trust in a study that aims to increase understanding of the species in the wild, and thereby contribute to its preservation. Read about our effort in the wild

White-backed woodpecker

The white-backed woodpecker is reliant on deciduous woodland with lots of old, decaying trees that are home to plenty of insects. Forest of this type has become increasingly rare as a result of modern forestry methods. Read about our efforts in the wild