Partula Snail – Love Your Zoo Week 2014

May 27, 2014 § Leave a comment

This year to celebrate Love Your Zoo week 2014, we are taking you behind the scenes of some of our conservation projects, both within our Parks and around the globe.

In this video you can find out more about the partula snail, which are amongst the rarest species that the RZSS are involved in helping to protect and reintroduce to native habitats.

Polynesian tree snails also known as partula snails, were spread across islands of the west, central and south Pacific, but the animals were decimated by the introduction of the carnivorous rosy wolf snail (Euglandina rosea) – which was intended to remove a previously-introduced species – the African giant land snail, instead this rapacious predator devoured the tiny native snails.

Of an original 70 species of Polynesian tree snails in French Polynesia, 45 species are now listed as extinct and a further 11 are classed as extinct in the wild by the IUCN. Edinburgh Zoo houses six species in total and Partula snails have been bred at the Zoo for almost 25 years

The Partula Global Species Management Programme that RZSS is part of cares for 17 taxa in 16 European and American zoos, which also carry out and fund extensive field conservation work in collaboration with the French Polynesian Government. As part of this the RZSS regularly sends snails to other institutions so that captive populations are located in more than one location as a precautionary measure.

Edinburgh Zoo and the Highland Wildlife Park are owned and operated by the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, a registred conservation charity. We work to safeguard species around the globe but we couldn’t do this without your help. By visiting, adopting, donating and volunteering, you are helping us to achieve our charitable aims

For more information about the various ways that you can help please visit the support us section of the website.

Check out all our videos from Love Your Zoo Week 2014 here:


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