Aquarium Berlin takes part in numerous European stud books (ESBs) and diverse monitoring programmes under the umbrella organisation of the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA). While we share our research findings on the behaviour, biology and diseases of endangered species with other zoos for a better understanding and to improve animal management, we make a significant contribution to the preservation of endangered species by building up viable reserve populations. We are currently supporting the following stud books and programmes with the following animal species in the Aquarium:
They are older than the dinosaurs – and highly endangered.
The animals were thought to have been extinct for a long time, but they were then rediscovered in the 19th century. Some of them have survived on the islands of New Zealand. The tuataras have in fact been threatened with extinction since then. In order to maintain the rare species, we'll do everything we can together with the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (IZW) to speed up the breeding process. The animals shall then be reintroduced into the wild in New Zealand.
More about our tuataras
Blacktip reef shark (Carcharhinus melanopterus) – currently an adult male
California bullhead shark (Heterodontus fransisci) – currently 2,1 creatures
Zebra shark (Stegosoma fasciatum) – a female behind the scenes/a male for breeding purposes in Hamburg Hagenbeck
Nurseshark (Ginglymosotoma cirratum)
A fully grown pair
Epaulette shark (Hemiscyllium ocellatum)
Spotted ratfish/chimera (Hydrolagus colliei)
Ocellate river stingray (Potamotrygon motoro)
A breeding group of sixteen creatures – behind the scenes
Large-spotted dogfish (Scyliorhinus stellaris)
A breeding group of eight creatures