Protection programmes

The Ranua Wildlife Park is a member of the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA). The EAZA has several programmes with the aim of conserving healthy, genetically well-varied populations of endangered species in wildlife parks in order to ensure their survival in the future. Through various campaigns the EAZA and its members aim to also protect the endangered species’ habitat in the nature.

The polar bears, the European mink and wolverines, common otters and muskoxen at the Ranua Wildlife Park are part of the European Endangered Species Programme (EEP). The programme holds the pedigree of the species belonging to the programme, and the species reproduction as well as transfers between different zoos is monitored according to a species coordinator and the recommendations of the species committee.

Our bears, lynxes and wild forest reindeer, on the other hand, are part of the European StudBook (ESB), containing the common pedigree of animals in the list of species of great concern, for wildlife parks.