Climate Change and Sustainability

Climate change and the over-consumption of natural resources threaten both wildlife and humanity. Zoos and aquariums have an exceptional opportunity to lead by example and engage the public in a vital dialogue and debate on environmental issues.

Acting sustainably means meeting the needs of the present without harming or compromising the future – or, to put it more simply, giving back at least as much as we take from nature.

Zoos and aquariums have a special responsibility, as they care for live animals and run breeding programmes for endangered species. Not only do zoos educate schools and the public about animal conservation, but they are well placed to engage their visitors, both young and old, in the wider challenges of achieving a more sustainable society.

BIAZA’s Environmental Sustainability and Climate Change Group supports zoos and aquariums to help meet these challenges and engage the public in environmental dialogue and debate.


Browse our selection of sustainabilty projects and climate change posters.

If you are a BIAZA member you can log in and view the Environmental Sustainabilty and Climate Change (ES&CC) group pages here. 

Sustainability Guidelines for Zoos and Aquariums 2015

BIAZA statement on sustainable use of palm oil 


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Paignton Zoo's Great Big Rhino Project has made crucial donations of cash to wildlife conservation on two continents. The Project is to give £60,000 to support work in Africa and South East Asia to protect rhinos in the wild. More

Collaborative research by the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, Bristol Zoological Society and the Comorian NGO Dahari has revealed the Livingstone’s fruit bat is likely to be the most endangered fruit bat in the world. 


New data released by WWF and ZSL (Zoological Society of London) today reveals that overall global vertebrate populations are on course to decline by an average of 67 per cent from 1970 levels by the end of this decade, unless urgent action is taken to reduce humanity’s impact on species and ecosystems.


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