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.

The Foundation’s two most important focus areas are:

  • To contribute to work on saving animal species/breeds threatened with extinction through rearing and conservation, as well as by releasing animals into their natural habitats whenever feasible.
  • To 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, for example in Russia with the Amur tiger, in Costa Rica with the common tree frog and in Mongolia with the snow leopard. Every year we release about a hundred green toads on Öland, and some 50 lesser white-fronted geese in Lapland and white-backed woodpeckers in Dalarna and Värmland.

Furthermore, we’re carrying out research at Nordens Ark to ensure successful breeding. We are studying longhorn beetles and great capricorn beetles in far more detail than ever before.