Many animals, and the habitats in which they live, are in danger of disappearing, principally due to pressures put on them by human activities including hunting and the clearance of land for building and agriculture. These factors are compounded by natural environmental pressures and increasing recent concern over pollution and global changes in climate.
Beale Park is committed to the conservation of rare and endangered species and believes that the protection of these animals, plants and ecosystems is vitally important. By caring for and supporting conservation initiatives we are able to contribute to species and habitat survival.
The Park currently manages six main projects and supports others, each of which falls into a different category or type of conservation initiative. These categories are listed below:
1) Breeding – the breeding of animals to preserve the species for the future and for their re-introduction back into the wild if and when suitable conditions allow.
2) Gene pool (studbook) – acting as hosts to animals from other collections to assist in their breeding initiatives, designed to maintain or increase numbers of rare and endangered species.
3) Sponsorship – donations made by the Park in support of initiatives by other conservation organisations.
4) Practical Support – the loan or provision of Beale Park resources, either manpower or equipment, in support of conservation initiatives.
Beale Park’s Animal Department, as well as managing the various projects described, also works closely with other external bodies in support of their initiatives, making donations to various organisations such as the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), the Pink Pigeon Project in Mauritius and the Mountain Peacock Pheasant Project in Malaysia.
In 2009, the Park supported three additional projects via our “Feed For Conservation” (Project 6). These included: the Barn Owl Project, run by the World Owl Trust, based in the Lake District; a vulture recovery programme, managed by The Hawk Conservancy Trust in Andover and the British Trust Ornithology (BTO) bird ringing programme, which operates throughout the UK.