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Zoo Life

New maket of the zoo
Animal feeding

The conservation of wild animals and their natural habitats in Armenia and the entire South-Caucasus is fundamental to Yerevan Zoo’s mission. In pursuing this objective, Yerevan Zoo cooperates with local communities and experienced partners to preserve Armenia’s highly endangered natural environment.

Major environmental organizations classify the South Caucasus region – including Armenia – as one of 34 global biodiversity hotspots. Though this classification means that Armenia has an amazing amount of biodiversity, it also means that this biodiversity is severely threatened. Subsequently, Yerevan Zoo encounters many endemic and rare species from the South-Caucasus and Armenia.

Under its new director, Yerevan Zoo strives to contribute to the protection and conservation of rare and endemic species in Armenia by supporting scientific research focused on those species as well as breeding programs and rehabilitation projects.  Currently there are four departments in Yerevan Zoo: department of aqua-terrarium, department of birds, department of predators and hoofed animals. Each of these departments comprises real professionals who care for the animals’ health and well-being.

Furthermore, regularly, new enclosures for animal species are being opened, like enclosure for tortoise, peacock and hyenas.

 

 

Zoo and Wildlife Conservation

Bezoar Goats one of the endangered species of Armenian Wildlife
Trace of a bear near Khosrov Reserve

In all conservation issues Yerevan Zoo cooperates with the Foundation for the Preservation of Wildlife and Cultural Assets (FPWC). FPWC maintains the first and only privately managed nature reserve in the South Caucasus, the so called “Buffer Zone” in the vicinity of Khosrov reserve. Up until recently these buffer areas were unprotected and at risk in particular by poaching, illegal logging, and overgrazing. In order to protect this vitally important wildlife habitat and guarantee the preservation of biodiversity, FPWC has leased and taken over the management of 839 ha of pristine land. This area is now a true haven for Caucasian biodiversity.

 In the future, Yerevan Zoo will cooperate with FPWC to utilize this territory for wildlife rehabilitation projects and the reintroduction of critically endangered species into the wild. 

Read more about Caucasus Wildlife Refuge