European Hamster at the State Museum of Natural History in Karlsruhe, Germany | Photo: H. Zell, License: CC BY-SA 3.0

Opel-Zoo in Kronberg: The hamster saviours

Published on the 05.09.2018. | By: Torsten Weigelt

The Opel-Zoo in Kronberg takes active part in the conservation programme of the Environmental Minister, Priska Hinz (Greens), to ensure the survival of characteristic species of the meadows.

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Note: Hamsters belong to the rather plain and unspectacular species. Supporting these types of conservation programmes brings a zoo, from a financial point of view, not much but more costs – it doesn´t add up. Then why do zoos and aquariums invest so much into these programmes? Because they are centres of animal, nature and species protection and aware of the responsibility that comes with this. But these projects are only possible when the more extraordinary species, like the elephants at the Opel-Zoo, catch sufficient visitor attention.

This is similar at other zoos: In Duisburg its the dolphins who are of irreplaceable importance, at the zoo in Cologne its also the elephants who work like a visitor magnet, and in Leipzig there are other highlights that magically attract the visitors.

Wir hoffen, alle Freunde des Zoos sind gut und gesund ins neue Zoojahr gestartet! Der Zoo blickt auf ein sehr…

Gepostet von Zoo Leipzig am Donnerstag, 3. Januar 2019

Since 2005, the Zoo Leipzig supports a project for research on Darwin´s frogs – and since 2009, it runs a breeding and research centre at the university of Concepcion (Chile). There have been great successes, but of course that is not the reason for so many visitors. Of course the flow of visitors is also good for the Darwin´s frogs, who profit from it, which wouldn´t be possible without the attractive highlights.

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