American Ambassador Visits Berlin Zoo

Zoo/Tierpark Berlin and the Los Angeles Zoo sign a cooperation agreement.

The Zoo/Tierpark Berlin and the L.A. Zoo have agreed to a joint Memorandum of Understanding to help better protect animals and to foster closer cooperation. U.S. Ambassador John B. Emerson joined Dr. Andreas Knieriem, Director of the Zoo/Tierpark Berlin, and Tom LaBonge, member of the Los Angeles City Council, in welcoming the MOU.

Building on their successful cooperation over the past years, the Los Angeles and Berlin facilities agreed formally to establish a strategic partnership. The three zoos each maintain large and significant animal populations, and all participate in conservation / breeding programs for critically-endangered species. Another practice the zoos have in common is that they care for many species rarely kept in zoos and which are difficult to manage. The MOU makes official the existing informal cooperation between the Los Angeles Zoo and the Zoo and Tierpark Berlin.

The goal of MOU is the exchange of animals from certain species, in order to develop more genetically diverse populations, and to benefit from the experience of the partner zoos by supporting professional staff exchanges. The MOU also includes research into wild bats (species- and population inventories) at the respective partner zoo, joint fund-raising projects for in-situ protection of endangered species, for example, establishing a rescue station for injured Sumatra tigers in Jambi Province in North Sumatra.