For us, sustainability is an important factor in all of our activities and we strive to make environmentally sustainable choices in our accommodation services, cleaning, restaurants, animal park, souvenir shop, our own offices and all our purchases.
We also want to encourage our guests to make sustainable choices, e.g. enabling sorting of waste and using durable containers instead of disposable containers.
The basic functions of a wildlife park include protecting biodiversity through various means. These means include participating in various conservation programs, maintaining animal populations of appropriate size and genetically diverse enough in cooperation with other zoos and wildlife parks, environmental education, and participating in information sharing and research together with other zoos and institutions. In addition, we participate in restoration projects and caring for wild animals in need when it is possible and appropriate.
Ranua Wildlife Park’s species in the EEP programs include polar bears, wolverines, wolves, otters, dholes, musk oxen, European mink, sea eagles, Pallas’s cat, and the latest, the snowy owl, which has their own program. In addition, our species in EAZA’s studbook programs include the Finnish forest reindeer, brown bear, and lynx.
Animal species protection programs
Many animal species have their own stud book program under the EAZA or even more precisely managed ex situ protection program or the EEP program. The species included in the EEP program each have their own coordinator, who gives recommendations to wildlife parks and zoos about which individuals should breed with each other and which individuals should, for example, move to another wildlife park or zoo.
The goal is to maintain an appropriately sized, genetically diverse population as possible. Within the EEP program, cooperation can also be carried out regarding information sharing, research and other topics relevant to the protection of the species.