Conservation & research
Living Coasts is a conservation, research and education charity dedicated to the protection of animals, plants and their environments, locally and internationally.
Wildlife conservation is a concern across the globe, as species and their habitats face a number of threats such as pollution, competition from introduced species, the illegal wildlife trade, habitat destruction and climate change, many of which are related to over-consumption by humans.
Our Field Conservation & Research department co-ordinates our involvement in wildlife conservation projects both in the UK and overseas, as well as managing scientific research projects on topics such as animal behaviour, nutrition, enrichment and ecology.
Keepers and research staff also play important roles in co-ordinated breeding programmes for endangered species conservation, in line with the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) strategy. As part of this, Living Coasts collaborates with other zoos across the world, exchanging animals to prevent inbreeding and make sure that healthy genetic diversity is maintained.