The conservation of wildlife is a global concern. Species and their habitats face a number of threats such as habitat destruction, pollution, competition from introduced species, the illegal wildlife trade and climate change, many of which are related to over-exploitation of natural resources by people. Living Coasts and the Trust support many conservation projects locally and around the world.
In addition, staff at Living Coasts play important roles in co-operative conservation breeding programmes for endangered species  in line with the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) strategy. To do this Living Coasts collaborates with other zoos across the world, exchanging animals to prevent inbreeding and ensure that healthy genetic diversity is maintained.

Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust

In addition to Living Coasts, Newquay Zoo and Paignton Zoo are also part of the Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust, together with Slapton Ley National Nature Reserve and two local nature reserves in Paignton. The Field Conservation and Research department co-ordinates the involvement of all the zoos in wildlife conservation projects both in the UK and overseas, as well as managing scientific research projects within the zoos and reserves, on topics such as animal behaviour, nutrition, enrichment and ecology.

Follow the links below or visit Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust's own website for more information on conservation projects and zoo and reserve-based research:

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