Modern zoological institutions are committed to "species and population protection".

The requirement for the integrity of individual animals sometimes conflicts with the species-appropriate keeping of some wild animal species. This applies, for example, to the feeding of predators such as our griffon vultures with meat. This also includes the carcasses of other zoo animals such as our piglets. Population management may also require the killing of healthy animals for breeding, especially as part of coordinated breeding programs.

Preventing advertising, mating and rearing boys takes away important elements of a species-appropriate life from animals.

       From these definitions there is no contradiction between the legitimate concerns of animal welfare for responsible and                                                           professional keeping of wild animals.

       Organizations in the animal rights industry, on the other hand, accept what is supposed to be a "higher moral standard for   the protection of                 individual animals", endorse the extinction of animal species or act in a targeted manner.


Animal protection in the Görlitz nature reserve

For animals specially designed for feeding purposes

are kept or bred on predators such as Small mammals or domestic hoofed animals apply to the same extent that legal requirements of animal welfare must be observed at all times and in all respects.

Feeding so-called "whole bodies" to predators

is ideal in terms of nutritional and behavioral biology for their animal-friendly keeping in human care. In zoological facilities, the open handling of this topic of teaching natural or near-natural life cycles must be used.

Carnivores like our griffon vultures do not have a vegetarian diet.

Predators need animal food to keep them properly. We produce this meat in the zoo. This is the only way for us to largely avoid products from non-species-appropriate industrial factory farming.

We offer our “feed animals” a life appropriate to the species. These include:

  • A lot of exercise
  • Appropriate feed
  • Growing up with the mother and siblings
  • Employment and enrichment
  • Transport routes of a few meters
  • professional killing on site

"Animal welfare" aims to enable animals to live individually in a species-appropriate manner without causing them unnecessary suffering, pain or damage. Animal welfare is based on animal welfare law, which is regulated by the relevant EU regulations, national animal welfare laws and the respective national regulations.

Animal rights activists differ from animal rights activists,

who take extreme positions by rejecting all (livestock) animal husbandry by humans. You would like to see animals and people on an equal footing.


As a scientifically managed zoological institution that is a member of all relevant national and international zoo associations, the Görlitz nature conservation zoo provides all of its employees

the highest demands with regard to animal and species-appropriate care of his fosterlings.

In addition, the zoo management is in close and regular contact with the responsible supervisory authorities, e.g. the Lower Nature Conservation Authority and the Veterinary Office.

"The demand for full protection of individual animals is not always compatible with species protection."