WAZA Welcomes New Member – Zoologischer Garten Schwerin
Posted: 16 February 2022
The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) is delighted to welcome Zoologischer Garten Schwerin, in Germany, as a new WAZA Institutional member.
Zoologischer Garten Schwerin, also known as Zoo Schwerin, is located in the city of Schwerin in northern Germany. The zoo opened in 1956 with one keeper and only 17 animals but has expanded over the years to home over 1,700 animals of around 140 species. The 25-acre zoo is a scenic park idyllically framed by the Schwerin lakes.
One of Zoo Schwerin’s main highlights is a sizeable mixed-species habitat that includes white rhinos, Grévy’s zebras, scimitar-horned oryx, guinea fowl and hornbills. The zoo has been designed so that it is also an urban refuge for local biodiversity.
Education plays a significant role within the zoo, and one of the core focus areas is on endangered species and international breeding programmes. In addition, Zoo Schwerin has its own zoo school, which welcomes around 10,000 school pupils every year.
In 2021, the zoo opened the Red List Centre, a new thematic concept based on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. The centre is located at the zoo entrance and is the first thing visitors encounter when they step into the zoo. The centre teaches visitors about the Red List, the different categories and how to use them as a tool for conservation.
“We are delighted to expand our global community by welcoming Zoologischer Garten Schwerin. The Zoo’s new Red List Centre is a wonderful example of the interconnection between education and conservation action for threatened species,” said Dr Martín Zordan, Chief Executive Officer of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA).
“Being accepted as a member of WAZA makes us very proud. We are looking forward to the exchange with colleagues worldwide, the inspiration that comes with it and working together to achieve common and unifying conservation goals,” said Dr Tim Schikora, CEO/Director of Zoologischer Garten Schwerin.
The Zoo is a member of the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA) and the Verband der Zoologischen Gärten (VdZ). In addition, it is certified as a family-friendly zoo by the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Tourism Association with the quality seal ‘MV Family Holidays – Approved Quality’.
The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) is the global alliance of regional associations, national federations, zoos and aquariums, dedicated to the care and conservation of animals and their habitats around the world.