We will upload new thematic reports to this part of the website on a regular basis.

Conservation and reintroduction programmes

This report seeks to analyse the success of Barcelona Zoo in achieving its aims of conservation and reintroduction for the species it houses. These are two of the fundamental pillars by which zoos justify their existence and current dynamics. The number of animals in conservation programmes is statistically analysed here, as is the number of animals reintroduced into their natural habitat and the number of animals living in the Zoo that are not endangered in the wild. In order to carry out this study, we have based our analysis on the animals referenced in Barcelona Zoo’s “Animal Inventory 31.12.2013”. Download the full...

Common bottlenose dolphin

This document seeks to describe the living conditions of the species Common Bottlenose Dolphin in its natural habitat, as well as the consequences of captivity on the health of the individuals living at Barcelona Zoo both now and in the past. Given the scarcity of public information on the subject,this document also aims to confirm the number of dolphins that have passed through this zoo since its opening. At this point we would like to pause for a moment to reflect on the following aspects, which will broaden understanding of this document. Download the full document:...

Brown bear

This document aims to describe the living conditions of the species Brown Bear in its natural habitat, as well as the consequences of captivity on the physical and psychological health of the individuals living in Barcelona Zoo. Download the full document:...

Motivations for visiting a zoo

The innovative nature of this study lies in its analysis of the functions assumed by the entity, and the social perception that the latter generates amongst the general public as regards the promotion of environmental education and the conservation of biodiversity. Download...

Human zoos

One of the aims of this study on the topic of human zoos is to acknowledge the existence, not that long ago, of a situation in the western world that is as unbelievable as it is insulting. Europeans turned humans into exhibition objects,even though the West at that time claimed to spread the ideal of equality for all. An attempt will be made to expound the public exhibition, in all its variants, of people of different ethnicities and origins (mainly African) due to their supposed racial “eccentricity” and “inferiority”. It was during this era that the term “scientific racism” was adopted, an attempt to justify the colonial contexts and their motives. Download the full document:...

Zoo closures around the world

This dossier seeks to highlight zoos around the world that have closed down over the last few years, and explore the main causes for these events. To do so, given the paucity of literature on the subject, the first step was to research news and secondary sources of information regarding closed zoos. Next, we looked more deeply into a number of emblematic cases to examine their situation before closure. Download the full document:...

History of Barcelona Zoo

The main aim of this file is to outline the changes undergone by Barcelona Zoo since its early days and based on how it has adapted to each new period. It also aims to describe the changes that have not been made, and which are entirely necessary. Download the full...