The ZOOXXI initiative to reshape the zoo that will protect the planet’s habitats has been passed

The ZOOXXI initiative to reshape the zoo that will protect the planet’s habitats has been passed

The ZOOXXI Platform warns that the campaign does not end here and encourages all zoos worldwide to “cross the doors to the 21st century”   During today’s plenary session at the Barcelona City Council, the last session of this term, the ZOOXXI Citizens’ Initiative has been passed. The initiative proposes a modification of the Animal Protection, Possession and Sale Ordinance, which affects the Barcelona zoo. After more than 10 years of investigation, mobilization and socialization for this project, this animal rights platform, now known for launching the first Citizens’ Initiative in Barcelona, has seen the ordinance be finally passed. It will drastically change Barcelona’s current zoo model. The proposal includes a paradigm shift that can allow the zoo “to open up to nature” and invest most of its efforts on in-situ conservation for the protection of natural habitats. Only animals whose reproduction can contribute to either long or short term conservation of the species, and who are meant to be reintroduced back into nature, will continue to be reproduced at the zoo. A scientific and ethical committee with experts on each species will be in charge of deciding. Furthermore, in few words, ZOOXXI also wants to add a technological side to the facility so that visitors can get to know the conservation programs the zoo is carrying out in situ, which they helped finance with their ticket. This will be possible through advanced immersive technologies that will allow visitors to learn about the natural behavior of animals “without causing any suffering”. ZOOXXI will also include the 3Rs center (Rescue, Recovery and Relocation) which will shelter animals that have been...
ZOOXXI: first stop Barcelona

ZOOXXI: first stop Barcelona

The paradigm shift regarding zoos around the world starts today in Barcelona. The ZOOXXI platform is launching the city’s first Citizens’ Initiative, an approach of participatory democracy that will mark the first step in a long road to reforming zoos across the globe. ZOOXXI is a social and academic platform that works to restructure and reform zoos throughout the world. Its aim is to bring about a change in philosophy and to adapt these centres to the sensibilities and scientific knowledge of the 21st century, leaving behind the practices of current zoo models, which have become stuck in the past. The platform has garnered a great deal of support from figures in the city’s science field and beyond. A few key aspects to understanding ZOOXXI’s critique of 19th century zoos: Conservation ex situ: The vast majority of animals in captive breeding programmes at the Zoo do not have an effective reintroduction programme. The disappearance of animals does not stem from difficulties in reproducing, but from vanishing natural habitats caused by human pressure. Breeding in captivity makes little sense if efforts are not made to conserve habitats. ZOOXXI proposes an outward-looking zoo, able to protect its habitats and apply pressure in order to change environmental policies (conservation in situ); to move from selling captive animals to selling habitat conservation by means of advanced immersive technologies. Of the few successful reintroduction programmes currently carried out by the Zoo, most are for indigenous species. Slaughtering animals: The reproduction of animals in captivity does not answer an ecological strategy, but an economic one. The animals reproduce so that there is something to exhibit...

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:...