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In Situ Projects


Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens are proud to support a number of projects and over the last three years we have raised over £6,000 to help support them, you can read more about these projects below:


 Red Squirrel Project

The Red Squirrel is native to Britain, but its future is increasingly uncertain as the introduced American Grey Squirrel expands its range across the mainland.

There are estimated to be only 140,000 Red Squirrels left in Britain, with over 2.5 million greys. The main threats to the survival of the reds are; the increasing number of grey squirrels, disease (squirrel poxvirus) and road traffic. Greys can feed more efficiently in broadleaved woodlands and can survive at densities of up to 8 per hectare. The density of reds is up to 1 per hectare in broadleaved woodland but can be as low as 0.1 per hectare in coniferous woodland.

Our Aims

  • To monitor and protect the Red Squirrel population here at Kirkley Hall
  • To be part of the national monitoring programme to assess the current population of Reds and control the Grey Squirrel populations in our region
  • Create a Red Squirrel Forest Trail to educate and engage our visitors to learn how they can get involved in helping to save the Red Squirrel

For more information on the actions and results so far click here.

For further information about the regional project we are involved with

Local information about the red population in and around Ponteland can be found through our local Red Squirrel group


To report a sighting please visit:

To become a Friends of Red Squirrel North East please visit:

To make a donation to Red Squirrel North East please visit:



Cotton top Tamarin Conservation Club

Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens are an active member of the Cotton top Tamarin Conservation Club. 

The club unites European Zoos working to help conserve the Critically Endangered Cotton top Tamarin. These tiny monkeys with a distinctive punk hairdo come from Columbia, where it is estimated that there are no more than 7394 left in the wild.

Thousands of Cotton top Tamarins were used for medical research in the 1970s and many more have been taken for the illegal pet trade. Despite being a protected species, their native forest habitat continues to be destroyed for logging and agriculture. Proyecto Titi (Spanish for “Project Tamarin”) has been working with local communities in Columbia since 1984 to save this charismatic little monkey. European zoos are working to help Proyecto Titi by raising awareness of the plight of Cotton top Tamarins and raising funds for local staff, research equipment, land purchase and educational activities.

Check out our upcoming events page for special cotton top tamarin events.  



World Parrot Trust / World Pheasant Association

We are members of both the world pheasant association and the world parrot trust, our annual membership fee helps to support a number of projects carried out all over the world

For further information please see the links below:

World Pheasant Association

World Parrot Trust



BIAZA Annual Campaign

In 2014 we became full members of BIAZA, meaning we are now able to support their annual conservation project.

This year we gave £500 to establish a new conservation reserve out in Mexico paying for over 10 acres of prime forest.

To read more about how this project is helping some of the most endangered species in South America click here.



Lemur Conservation Association

We have recently started supporting the Lemur Conservation Association.

Working for Madagascar's highly endangered lemurs, through cooperation with the Malagasy people, the AEECL is a charitable organisation run by a consortium of European Zoos and Universities.

One of AEECL’s priorities is the blue-eyed black lemur (Eulemur macaco flavifrons), one of Madagascar's rarest lemur species, and hence the species featured in their logo.

Over the past years, AEECL have been working to create a reserve to help protect the heart of the blue-eyed black lemur population. This dream has finally been realised and management structures put in place.

For further information go to The Lemur Conservation Association website.

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