Conservation at Woburn Safari Park

History of Conservation at Woburn

Woburn has a long history of species conservation, dating back to the 11th Duke of Bedford in 1894, when a breeding herd of Père David deer was established on the estate. This herd prospered and was later re-introduced to the wild, saving the species from certain extinction.

Associations and Breeding Programmes

Woburn Safari Park is an EAZA (European Association of Zoos and Aquaria) accredited zoo and participates in two levels of managed breeding programmes; the European Endangered species Programme (EEP) and the European Studbook (ESB). These help to ensure a viable and sustainable captive population of key species is maintained long term. 

Woburn Safari Park is also an active member of BIAZA (British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquaria) which is the professional organization representing the best zoos and Aquaria in Britain and Ireland, pioneering excellence in animal welfare, education and conservation work.

BIAZA contributes to improved captive management, husbandry and welfare of species largely through the work of its Taxon groups.

Fundraising Success

The staff and keepers at Woburn Safari Park raised nearly £175,000 for selected conservation charities in the five year period from 2014 to 2019. The team continues to look for exciting opportunities to increase this total with fundraising events and activities planned in 2020 and beyond.