International collaboration

In the annual nature conservation campaigns of the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA), European zoos join forces by collectively bringing attention to important issues regarding the natural world. As it happens, many animal species living in zoos are threatened in the wild. The public connects better with animals in the wild when they see these animals in zoos and realise how special they are. In this way, the zoo animals are true ambassadors for their congeners still living in the wild.

Pole to Pole

Within EAZA, the Ouwehands Zoo has shown great commitment in past years by initiating and leading the Pole to Pole campaign. The fact is that climate change is mercilessly affecting the poles. The earth is heating up and the sea ice is melting at an alarming rate. Less ice and more water means that the heat of the sun is absorbed even quicker, which creates great problems for polar animals that depend on the sea ice.

The Pole to Pole campaign calls on people to help these animals by making small changes to our everyday lives. Read more about the Pole to Pole campaign

EAZA European Association of Zoos and Aquaria
In 1988, a large number of zoos began a European zoo association. Today, more than 300 zoos from 34 countries are members of the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA). Some members are not from Europe but have become members because they significantly contribute to EAZA. This group includes zoos in Israel, Turkey, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates. For more information, go to