Zoo breeding programmes

We love having babies. And you love coming to see them. But breeding at Folly Farm is about more than the ahh-factor.

We belong to 23 managed breeding programmes through our membership of the European Association of Zoos and Aquariums (EAZA).

These programmes manage the population of animals across member zoos. They ensure records are kept up to date. And they make breeding and movement recommendations. This makes sure zoos have the healthiest animals available in case a particular animal is at risk of becoming extinct in the wild.

Should this happen then member zoos can provide the animals for a reintroduction programme. To see an animal born at our zoo, reintroduced to the wild, is the ultimate aim of our conservation efforts. And with the Eastern black rhino this is a very real possibility.

Harry, Ron and Neville the black and white ruffed lemur triplets – just one of our breeding programme success stories

Here’s the full list of the European Endangered Species Breeding Programmes (EEPs), we belong to:

  • Humboldt penguin
  • Eastern black rhino
  • Red ruffed lemur
  • Black and white ruffed lemur
  • Ring tailed lemur
  • Lowland tapir
  • Sloth
  • Eastern bongo
  • Nile lechwe
  • Black and white saki
  • Rodrigues fruit bat
  • Barbary macaque
  • Squirrel monkey
  • Giraffe

These are the European Stud Book programmes (ESBs) we belong to:

  • Red handed tamarin
  • Red river hog
  • Inca tern
  • Mount Omei babbler
  • Ocelot
  • Pancake tortoise
  • Sitatunga
  • Azara’s agouti
  • Dik Dik
Zoo Membership

We're proud to be members of the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA) and the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA). Our membership means we share knowledge with leading zoos across the UK and Europe, and we learn from them too.