Nordens Arks conservations projects
The world’s biodiversity is disappearing at an alarming rate. Our planet is now in the midst of its sixth mass extinction of plants and animals. We are at risk of losing three-quarters of all species in the coming centuries. This is terrifying, especially since humans are the main reason for this shift, but there is still time to reverse this negative trend.
Strong actions will be required to create a more sustainable use of the Earth’s natural resources and there is a need to significantly increase conservation efforts for threatened species around the world. At Nordens Ark the conservation projects form the backbone of our organisation.
The vision of Nordens Ark is that endangered species should attain viable populations in their natural environments and that biodiversity is preserved. Nordens Ark’s goal is to create the conditions required for threatened species to be found in sustainable populations in the wild.
Nordens Ark seeks to promote biological diversity by
- Contributing to the conservation of endangered species by controlled breeding, and supporting wild animal populations in their natural habitats through various support measures.
- Conducting research and studies of the animals at the park, contributing to an increased understanding of animals and promoting animal survival in the wild.
Nordens Ark participates in projects both in Sweden and abroad. We work actively with breeding, rearing and reintroduction of endangered species. The strategy is to produce as many suitable individuals as possible and release them in restored habitats within their former range to create viable population in the wild. Among the species we work with are the lesser white-fronted goose, green toad, greater Capricorn beetle and Apollo butterfly.
An increasingly important part of Nordens Ark’s work is our involvement in-situ, working directly in the habitat of the species. This work may include fauna protection, restoration of habitats, population monitoring, and development of new techniques and methods for population estimation.