European Endangered species Programme

Woburn Safari Park is an European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA) accredited zoo, and participates in the captive management of endangered breeding animals through the EAZA Ex-Situ Programme (EEP). These help to ensure a viable and sustainable captive population of key species is maintained long term. 

Each programme plays a key role in the conservation of notable and endangered species. The co-ordinator and committee also make recommendations on animal moves between zoos.

The EEP is the most intensive form of managed breeding and is conducted by an EEP co-ordinator, assisted by a species committee. The role of the co-ordinator is to collate data on all individuals of a particular species and analyse this data annually using a computer software programme.


Here at Woburn our dedicated team of animal care professionals sit on species committees, acting as advisors for EAZA.

We are proud that our veterinary team also supports vital work within the BIAZA mammal working group. Nathalie Wissink-Argilaga Lic.Vet CertAVP(ZM) DZooMed (Reptilian) MRCVS is the veterinary advisor to the elephant focus group.

Staff at the safari park also assist BIAZA working groups in various capacities with representatives sitting on the Reintroduction Advisory Group.


EEP Species you will find in the Road Safari:

Grevy's zebra - (Endangered)
African lion - (Vulnerable)
Przewalski's horse - (Endangered)
Somali wild ass - (Critically endangered)
Southern white rhino - (Near threatened)
Amur tiger - (Endangered)
Asian elephant - (Endangered)
Rothschild's giraffe - (Endangered)
Eastern mountain bongo - (Critically endangered)
Scimtar horned oryx - (Critically endangered)
Sable antelope - (Least Concern)
Dwarf forest buffalo - (Least Concern)
Barbary macaque monkey - (Endangered)

Giraffe herd grazing