Twenty-first century zoos do more than merely provide the public with leisure activities and entertainment. They have become essential agents dedicated to promoting awareness among citizens. Oasis Park Fuerteventura has contributed extensively to research, conservation and education; a system that has allowed many species to survive so that you can see them today. Extensive deforestation and unlimited hunting are the main causes why some species become extinct. One of our most important missions is to prevent this from happening and, therefore, we breed animals in captivity to ensure the survival of many species. This is the case of deer (Père David) or the Hawaiian goose, which were not only saved from becoming extinct thanks to the efforts of zoos, but have been returned to the wild again.
We protect our species from situations that threaten them in their natural habitats while also exposing the dangers posed by humans and the benefits of breeding in captivity. Europe has developed complicated breeding programmes for animal species under the umbrella of the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EEP) and The European Studbook Foundation (ESB) depending on the level of supervision the species in question are subjected to.
Oasis Park Fuerteventura dedicates a significant portion of its budget to the development of programmes and to training personnel in these tasks. Children and adults alike can learn of the social and economic benefits that green-tourism and education contribute to the conservation of local habitats and lifestyles.