Colchester Zoo praised for conservation work

An Amur leopard Credit: Hendrik Schmidt/DPA/Press Association Images

A new report says Colchester Zoo is playing a significant role in conserving two endangered species.

The British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums has compiled a list of the top ten mammals most reliant on zoos. The Amur leopard and the Pied Tamarin at Colchester Zoo are both on the list.

Colchester Zoo has one male and one female Amur leopard named Sayan and Milena.

It also has two Pied Tamarins; the male is named Willy and the female Solo. The two Pied Tamarins are a new breeding pair for Colchester Zoo.

Colchester Zoo Director, Anthony Tropeano, said: "Colchester Zoo is proud to house two of the most critically endangered species and be supporting a third through its charity Action for the Wild."

The top ten list demonstrates the importance of zoos not only for conservation but also for their contribution to funding and management of conservation projects in the wild.

The British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums top ten mammals most reliant on zoos:

Amur leopard

Blue-eyed black lemur

Scimitar-horned oryx

Sumatran tiger

San Martin titi monkey

Grevy’s zebra

Livingstone’s fruit bat

Pied tamarin

White-naped mangabey

Western lowland gorilla