Stiftung Artenschutz works together with zoos, animal parks and conservation NGOs to save highly threatened wildlife species from extinction, and to protect their genetic diversity and ecosystems.


To support projects that aim towards the long-term protection and conservation of threatened wildlife species and their habitats

To use the unique expertise of zoos and other partners to enhance conservation projects

To widely communicate the conservation work of Stiftung Artenschutz and its partners


Our principles

The activities of Stiftung Artenschutz in principle support the implementation of Strategic Goal C of the Convention on Biological Diversity ("To improve the status of biodiversity by safeguarding ecosystems, species and genetic diversity“)

Stiftung Artenschutz follows the One Plan Approach, a conservation approach that acknowledges the importance of in situ and ex situ conservation work, and sees wild and captive populations as equally important management units for conservation.

Through the One Plan Approach, that is also the basis for the European Endangered Species Programmen (EEP), Stiftung Artenschutz and its partners with their unique expertise and skills are ideal partners for the implementation of ex situ and in situ conservation activities.

Besides the specific methods of metapopulation management as a form of conservation work, the activities of Stiftung Artenschutz naturally also include methods of habitat and ecosystem conservation.

Stiftung Artenschutz follows an evidence-based scientific approach; monitoring and evaluation are included as essential working procedures.

Stiftung Artenschutz follows internationally accepted guidelines, as for example the guidelines of the IUCN and its Species Survival Commission.

Working together

Stiftung Artenschutz stands for an integrative approach to nature conservation that focuses on involving the local population in the decision-making processes, planning and protected area management. The creation of perspectives, income opportunities and the strengthening of civil society are important components of our projects.



Stiftung Artenschutz is a non-profit organisation. We stand for responsibility and transparency, which is why we have joined the Transparent Civil Society Initiative.

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