As a member of BIAZA (British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums), Exmoor zoo actively co-operates in national and international breeding programmes for many of the worlds rarest birds and animals. The zoo is particularly successful with its cranes and primates. Many bred at the zoo find homes with zoos and wildlife parks all over Europe. During most months of the year there are always new families to be seen with their parents in the zoo's aviaries, enclosures and paddocks.
At home the zoo realises the importance of its local habitats and wildlife. If you keep your eyes open while walking around the zoo you will see many unusual native birds, butterflies, insect, reptiles and amphibians happily living alongside their more exotic companions. The zoo maintains 2 areas of natural meadow within its grounds and its lake is home to a thriving colony of toads. During some years paths have had to be closed because of the number of young toad and froglets leaving the lake. Weeds and nettles are not automatically cleared as in some zoos and are encouraged in many areas to provide food and shelter for our own important wildlife.
Fundraising at the zoo has for the last 3 years benefited the Yupakari river turtles through the Rupununi learners (an Amazon Indian education co-operative in Guyana). In conjunction with Linton Zoo in Cambridgeshire a project initiated and run by the local idigenous peoples of the area called "The Yupakari river turtle head start program" has been successfully supported. This is achieving fantastic results and has the support of all the schools around the Yupakari river. The aim is to protect the adult female turtles that lay the eggs by involving the local communities and their children and change their view on the this species from that of a good opportunity meal to one when just males are harvested for special occaision meals! Read this adobe file more information:
The zoo has recently created a nature trail along the boundary stream at the bottom of the zoo. Orignally overgrown with an invasive weed Himalayan balsam the area is being managed to return it to native meadow and scrub. A small flock of Soay sheep are intended to help achieve this along with active management.