Diergaarde Blijdorp, Rotterdam's renowned zoo, launches its new master plan focusing on species preservation and natural restoration, aligning with global ecological goals.

Rotterdam Zoo focuses on species preservation

ROTTERDAM, 1 November 2023 – Diergaarde Blijdorp, a key fixture in Rotterdam's cultural and natural landscape, embarks on a transformative journey towards ecosystem restoration and species conservation.

Diergaarde Blijdorp's new direction

In a significant shift, Diergaarde Blijdorp, a prominent zoo in Rotterdam, has announced a refined mission and vision for its future, extending to 2050. The zoo's updated strategy places a strong emphasis on species conservation and ecosystem restoration. Erik Zevenbergen, the director of Diergaarde Blijdorp, expressed the organization's deep sense of responsibility towards these goals. The comprehensive Masterplan is available for public access at diergaardeblijdorp.nl/masterplan2050.

Restoration of nature

With a history spanning 166 years, Diergaarde Blijdorp is not only celebrated for its aesthetic appeal but also for its significant role in nature conservation. Zevenbergen highlights the zoo's commitment to reversing ecological challenges and preserving biodiversity as central to its mission. The new motto, "Together we bring nature back to life," encapsulates this commitment.

Focus on the TEN species

The zoo's immediate focus is on ten specific animal and plant species, collectively referred to as the TEN. These species are targeted for significant conservation efforts, with the aim to remove them from the 'Endangered' category of the IUCN Red List by 2050. Diergaarde Blijdorp plays a crucial role in international population management and species preservation, as detailed in the Masterplan. The species include the red panda, Rüppell's vulture, pygmy hippopotamus, Lesser Antillean iguana, common stingray, Asian elephant, Dalmatian pelican, surgeonfish, Annam leaf turtle, and Rwanda water lily.

Commitment to future generations

Zevenbergen stresses the importance of acting now to preserve nature for future generations, emphasizing the responsibility to leave a sustainable legacy. The zoo's efforts are geared towards ensuring a balanced and healthy planet for the children of tomorrow.

About Diergaarde Blijdorp

The Royal Rotterdam Zoo, known as Diergaarde Blijdorp, has been a prominent feature in the European zoo landscape for 166 years. As the most visited zoo in the Netherlands and a repeatedly chosen favourite destination, it offers a close experience with global nature and wildlife.


How to get there

Diergaarde Blijdorp is located in a vibrant area of Rotterdam, easily accessible by public transport and car. For visitors using public transportation, the zoo is a short walk from the Rotterdam Centraal station. For those driving, ample parking is available near the entrance. The zoo's picturesque setting makes it an ideal destination for both locals and tourists.


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