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.
Nordens Ark in Nepal
The red panda is a small carnivore that lives high in the mountain forests of the eastern Himalayas. Like so many other species in this region, the red panda is critically endangered, with possibly as few as 2,500 individuals remaining in the wild. Nordens Ark is working with the Red Panda Network to preserve the red panda and the Eastern Himalayan Broadleaf and Conifer Forest.Red panda
Nordens Ark's goal is to not be needed
The vision of Nordens Ark is that endangered species should attain viable populations in their natural environments and that biodiversity is preserved. To create the conditions required for threatened species to be found in sustainable populations in the wild we work with controlled breeding, and supporting wild animal populations in their natural habitats through various support measures.
An increasingly important part of Nordens Ark’s work is 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.
Grazing cattle give biological diversity
The Ecopark is one of our biggest species conservation projects on home soil. One of its objectives is to benefit threatened species and biodiversity by recreating the open, species-rich countryside of the 1700s and 1800s characterised by grazing cattle. Through mowing and seeding, we’re recreating many new flower meadows.Nordens Ark Ecopark
Bees, a unique resource for our ecosystem
Bees play a critically important role in the ecosystem, in particular in the pollination of both wild flowers and crops.
In a cross-border project involving Norway and Sweden, the characteristics of four bee species will be compared.BEE Research
A future for the white stork
The white stork died out in Sweden due to wetlands being drained in favour of arable land. To bring the stork back to Sweden, the Swedish Stork Project was launched in 1989. It is run by Skåne Society for Nature Conservation, together with Birdlife Skåne. In order to accomplish this, the project is rearing and releasing stork pairs and fledglings to build up the wild population.White stork
One step forward in the efforts to save the threatened Alpine beetle ›
Two years ago, the first alpine beetles arrived from Alpenzoo Innsbruck, Austria to Norden’s Ark in Sweden. The mission was to develop a method how to breed these endangered beetles on a large scale which could then be used to release captive breed individuals in areas where they previously existed in Austria. This spring, the first four captive-breed alpine beetles hatched in the breeding center at Norden’s Ark - a big step forward in the efforts to save the species!
Spring is coming and hope sprouts when the endangered butterfly caterpillars hatch ›
Every summer, the clouded apollo butterfly lay eggs that are taken care of. Last summer's eggs have hatched and 70 tiny larvae are eating away on corydalis before it's time to pupate a month later. In mid-May, fully developed butterflies hatch, butterflies that then mate for a couple of weeks and lay new eggs before they die.