Modern zoos play an important role in environmental conservation. The Johannesburg Zoo is part of a global effort to protect species and ecosystems by reversing negative trends identified on IUCN Red Lists.

What is Reverse the Red?

It is a global movement that ignites strategic cooperation and action to ensure the survival of wild species and ecosystems.

Why is Johannesburg Zoo part of the movement?

Because it is home to some of the animals on the IUCN Red List such as the Black and White Rhinos, Scimitar horn oryx, Southern ground hornbill, Red Panda, Wardrobe Ibis, Sun conure and promotes finding solutions to environmental problems that affect everyone. Beyond raising awareness, the Johannesburg Zoo has a social change that empowers communities to change their behaviour in response to biodiversity programmes such as:

  • Water management
  • Waste management
  • The value of trees
  • Anti-litter

The Johannesburg Zoo's current conservation projects in the effort to Reverse the Red are listed below: