Ouwehands Zoo considers the continued existence of animal species to be of paramount importance. As a member of the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA), Ouwehands Zoo participates in several European Endangered Species Programmes (EEPs) and European Studbooks (ESBs).  It is the employees of Ouwehands Zoo who manage the Brown Bear and California Sea Lion studbooks.

Breeding programmes

In 1985, European zoos initiated breeding programmes for endangered animal species under the name of the European Endangered Species Programmes (EEPs). The purpose of these programmes is to establish a record of endangered species in zoos and to keep them genetically healthy. Another objective is the reintroduction of endangered species back into nature. For some species, this unfortunately means that they still have a long way to go. As long as animals are threatened in their natural habitats, e.g. through poaching or the destruction of their habitat, reintroduction would not be a responsible choice. Thankfully, there have been some successes here and there, albeit on a relatively small scale!

Species coordinators

 Ouwehands Zoo employs several species coordinators whose job it is to coordinate an EEP. A species coordinator is an employee of a zoo or aquarium that is a member of EAZA and who has specialist knowledge of a particular species. It is the responsibility of the coordinator to ensure the health of the zoo population. This is achieved through an exchange of stud breeding zoo animals among the various zoos. In addition, the coordinator is the person who collects, specifies and publishes all the information on the animals within the breeding programme. Ouwehands Zoo is involved in various breeding programmes and participates in the following programmes and studbooks:

European Endangered Species Programmes (EEP) European Studbooks (ESB)
African Elephant Brown Bear
Siberian Tiger Barbary Macaque
Bongo California Sea Lion
Cuban boa Wreathed Hornbill
Squirrel Monkey Inca Tern
Great Hornbill Giant Toucan
Hornbill Ring-tailed Lemur
Giraffe Red-bellied Tamarin
Humboldt Penguin Red-crested Turaco
Hyacinth Macaw Southern Crowned Pigeon
Polar Bear Warthog
Asian Mouse Deer Saddle-billed Stork
Red Panda Southern Ground Hornbill
Wrinkled Hornbill  
Salmon-crested Cockatoo  
Roloway Monkey  
Northern Bald Ibis  
Western Lowland Gorilla  
White-handed Gibbon  
White-naped Crane  
White-tailed eagle