Global Breeding Programs

Taronga and Taronga Western Plains Zoos work cooperatively with conservation organisations across the globe to carry out in situ conservation programs. Involvement in these programs may be in the form of captive breeding, research, financial contributions or on site staff involvement.

Black Rhinoceros Breeding Program

Poachers in Zimbabwe are decimating this species – numbers dropped from 546 to 432 in 2009 – but Taronga’s breeding program has produced 11 calves.

Asian Elephant Breeding Program

The Asian Elephant was once common throughout the continent, but human encroachment has reduced its numbers by 75 per cent over the past 70 years.

Przewalski's Horse (Takhi) Breeding Program

The Przewalski’s Horse has been extinct in the wild since the 1960s, so the small number that live in zoos such as Taronga Western Plains Zoo are vital to the survival of the species.

Sumatran Tiger Breeding Program

The rainforest habitat of this small tiger is being destroyed to clear the way for palm plantations. Taronga has joined with zoos around the world to publicise its plight.

Snow Leopard Breeding Program

This big cat is an elusive and beautiful creature, which is becoming even rarer due to poachers who hunt it for its pelt, and to sell its body parts for use in traditional medicines.

Chimpanzee Breeding Program

This famous primate is threatened by habitat loss in west and central Africa, but also by the pet and bush meat trades, which is why Taronga supports a Ugandan chimp sanctuary.

Fijian Crested Iguana Breeding Program

This vivid green lizard is thriving only on one Fijian island, so to ensure the species survives in the case that habitat is destroyed, groups of iguanas are being moved to other islands.

Francois’ Langur Breeding Program

Habitat loss and hunting for meat and traditional medicines are driving this primate towards extinction, but Taronga’s breeding program is helping provide a future for the Francois' Langur.

Western Lowland Gorilla Breeding Program

The Congo habitats of many gorillas are being destroyed by mining for minerals including coltan, which is used in mobile phones. Join Taronga’s campaign to recycle phones and save gorillas.

Greater One-Horned Rhinoceros Breeding Program

This species, which inhabits the grasslands and forests that skirt the Himalayas, is under threat from poachers, who hunt it for its horn to sell in China and Vietnam.

Red Panda Breeding Program

The rapid growth of human populations in its native range around Nepal, India, Myanmar, Bhutan and China has destroyed much of the Red Panda’s habitat. This species’ numbers has fallen by 40 per cent in the last 50 years.