The turtles of South East Asia are on the brink of extinction

not only because of the destruction of their habitat but also because each year several million wild turtles are captured and sold at South Chinese markets.

To save at least a few turtle species, a rescue and breeding station will be set up in the all-weather zoo. Here turtles will be bred and stable populations developed. Measures for the protection of the habitat with the long term goal of reintroduction of animals into the wild will also be taken. 

In 1997 the "Westfälische Gesellschaft für Artenschutz e.V." (Westphalian Society for Conservation) was founded, which supports the conservation work of the zoo. Further information can be found under www.wgfa.de  or www.zgap.de