Conservation & Education
Many animals, and the habitats in which they live, are in danger of disappearing, principally due to pressures put on them by human activities including hunting and the clearance of land for building and agriculture. These factors are compounded by natural environmental pressures and increasing recent concern over pollution and global changes in climate.
Beale Wildlife Park is committed to the conservation of rare and endangered species and believes that the protection of these animals, plants and ecosystems is vitally important. By caring for and supporting conservation initiatives we are able to contribute to species and habitat survival.
The Park currently manages six main projects and supports others, each of which falls into a different category or type of conservation initiative. These categories are listed below:
1) Breeding – the breeding of animals to preserve the species for the future and for their re-introduction back into the wild if and when suitable conditions allow.
2) Gene pool (studbook) – acting as hosts to animals from other collections to assist in their breeding initiatives, designed to maintain or increase numbers of rare and endangered species.
3) Sponsorship – donations made by the Park in support of initiatives by other conservation organisations.
4) Practical Support – the loan or provision of Beale Wildlife Park resources, either manpower or equipment, in support of conservation initiatives.
Conservation Projects at Beale Wildlife Park
Beale Park’s Animal Team, as well as managing the various projects described, also works closely with other external bodies in support of their initiatives, making donations to various organisations such as the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), the Pink Pigeon Project in Mauritius and the Mountain Peacock Pheasant Project in Malaysia.
We are working in partnership with the Berkshire Mammals Group to encourage Dormice on the wider estate.
We are working in partnership with the Berkshire Mammal Group to monitor and conduct research into the current number of common (or hazel) dormice making the Park their home. These small creatures...