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Conservation, the work of the Alameda Wildlife Conservation Park (AWCP).

Our work at the AWCP is vital to the long-term survival of many animals which are at risk of extinction in their natural habitat. Many of our animals are rescued from the illegal or legal pet trade, some were illegally taken from the wild by traffickers. Some of our animals were born in our zoo or come from other collections taking part in specific breeding programmes to ensure their survival., such as the cotton-top tamarins, a critically endangered species.

Our mission is...

"To be a proactive contributor to the preservation of the wildlife of the planet"

We achieve this by...

Wherever possible; breeding rare and endangered species in our care

Raising awareness through community education to the widest possible audience

Instigating and facilitating appropriate research to improve our animals' welfare

Supporting and encouraging the conservation of species within their natural habitats through contributing to and raising awareness of conservation projects around the world.



In addition to our work conserving some of the world's most endangered animals and overseas we actively work to conserve local native species, visit our Native wildlife conservation page to find out more.


Conservation programmes

We work closely with other zoos, wildlife parks and conservation bodies to try and ensure the long-term survival of our animals. Shaldon is a member of the British and European Zoo Associations (BIAZA and EAZA). These organisations are there to ensure high standards of practice within zoos, coordinate breeding programmes and aid zoos in maximising their conservation involvement.

The majority of animals kept at Shaldon are part of the European coordinated endangered species breeding programmes (EEPs and ESBs). These programmes help to manage species as a self-sustaining population. This is important for species that are very close to extinction in the wild, and provides a safety-net population. Zoos can also provide individuals for reintroduction projects, providing plants or animals to put back into the wild.

Each species has a studbook keeper and programme co-ordinator who recommends suitable pairings to prevent inbreeding, maintain maximum genetic diversity and ensure the captive population is genetically healthy.

Mountain Marmoset Conservation Project

We help support the Mountain Marmoset Conservation Project (MMPC) in Brazil. This project aims to save the Buffy tufted-ear and Buffy headed marmosets from the brink of extinction. These tiny primates are reducing in numbers due to loss of habitat but also due to competition from Common marmosets released into the the are from the illegal pet trade.

Our common marmosets at the AWCP were rescued from the illegal pet trade so serve as ambassadors to help raise awareness of the plight of this endangered and little heard of marmoset.

To find out more about this project visit:

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                                                 is a conservation project in Columbia to save the critically endangered Cotton-top tamarin.


The AWCP currently has 5 Cotton-top tamarins, most were bred here at the park. We are also on the European Breeding programme (EEP) for the Cotton-top Tamarin.

Breeding programmes such as this, help preserve endangered species in captivity so they can later be introduced back to the wild.

In order to do this, we need to protect our wild places and habitats

How you too can help the Cotton-top Tamarin:

  • Sponsor a tamarin: £10 of every Cotton-Top Tamarin sponsorship at the AWCP will be donated directly to Proyecto Titi in Columbia. It also helps support our breeding programme here at the AWCP.

  • Start living sustainably: Remember the 3 R's: REDUCE,REUSE,RECYCLE

  • Spread the word; tell friends and family about this special little monkey and it's plight in the wild

  • Cut your meat consumption: 65% of deforested land in Columbia is converted to pasture land for beef production.


To find out more about this project, visit:

Things you can do to help Rainforests all over the world:

  • Join our Campaign to help stop rainforest destruction and help our wild spaces: Meat our Challenge: Cut Meat,Not Trees.

  • Follow our 'Habits for habitats' campaign . Click HERE to find out more!

  • Palm Oil plantations are responsible for widespread rainforest destruction, most notably in Indonesia and Malaysia. You can help by only using products made from Sustainable Palm Oil. For more information on Palm Oil Click Here

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BMAC is a conservation project in Morocco that helps fight the illegal wildlife trade in Morocco by raising awareness and developing conservation initiatives that are inclusive, fair and sustainable.  By mobilising public opinion, supporting the local authorities in wildlife confiscations and rehabilitate and release wildlife. 


Social and natural science research methods are used to develop practical, people-friendly conservation strategies that work. BMAC started in the Primary study area in Bouhachem, north Morocco, almost 10 years ago, they have built strong relationships with the people who share the forest with Barbary macaques. 


BMAC’s field work is based in the forest of Bouhachem, the last stronghold of truly wild Barbary macaques in Morocco. In the field, macaque populations are monitored and local shepherds help to monitor wild diets and locations of the groups.


Strategies for pro-conservation behaviour change

Education initiatives are run for children and adults and work with local authorities to enforce confiscation of illegally caught Barbary macaques. local communities are worked with closely for truly inclusive conservation.


Current projects: The completion of a conservation and education centre where we will be able to train people in sustainable agriculture, basic healthcare and domestic animal welfare and health.

We support BMAC and the conservation of Barbary macaques in the wild.

Visit the BMAC website for more information on what you can do to help:


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Plant a tree every time you visit the AWCP, with our new WildCoin initiative. Each Family Membership also plants a tree through JUSTONETree

The Long-Tailed Macaque Project is international initiative, collaboration, and a registered charity aiming to raise awareness about and conserve vulnerable long-tailed macaque populations in South and Southeast Asia

The Long-Tailed Macaque Project aims to understand the diverse threats to this species and explore human-macaque interfaces across South and Southeast Asia.

The AWCP long-tailed macaques were rescued by Gibraltar Customs from a ship passing through the Straits in 1996. They were destined for animal testing laboratories in Europe. We still have the original monkeys, you can visit here at the zoo!

or more information visit:

We've now made giving back easier, with our WildCoin:


Now you can make a difference every time you visit the AWCP with our WildCoin for conservation. Each visitor receives a coin that can be deposited in the collection boxes in the Reception.

You can now choose which of our supported projects you would like to donate to.

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