Every year hundreds of animal species are exterminated world-wide through the destruction of their habitats and other human activities. The aim of the Species Conservation Foundation, founded in March 2001, is to preserve highly endangered animal species and their habitats, therefore making an important contribution to conserving biodiversity. The foundation focuses on animal species (and their natural environment) which, although under severe threat of global extinction pursuant to the “Red Data Book” of the World Conservation Union (IUCN), do not have a strong enough lobby for their conservation.
The Species Conservation Foundation achieves its goals through the joint initiative of currently 45 zoos and several nature conservation organisations, which provide public relations and financial support. International species conservation attains a new dimension through this concentration of specialists and funds. The work of the foundation and its partners and the sponsor commitment will be effectively communicated to over 20 million people every year.