Addax nasomaculatus





In the Zoo


Not seldom do you hear about animal right activists and groups that oppose to having animals in captivity. THe criticism might sometimes be justified, however, in the case of the Addax Antelope, zoos play a vital role to the species survival. Today there are a lot more animals in captivity than in the wild. A lot of these addax are part of international breeding programmes to ensure high genetic diversity among the captive individuals.



Below is a list of some zoos that keep addaxes. (Note that this is not a complete list). Many of the zoos below have taken part in the reintroduction projects in Northern Africa. You can read more about these on the conservation page.




Monarto Zoological Park, Adelaide

Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Dubbo, NSW

Werribee Open Range Zoo, Werribee, Victoria

Werribee zoo is the main zoo for the Australian addax breeding programme. The Addax population in Australian zoos is just around 30 individuals so cooperations with zoos around the world is a vital part of the work to maintain and increase gene diversity.



Greater Vancouver Zoo, Aldergroove, British Columbia

Mountain View Conservation and Breeding Centre, Langley, BC

Parc Safari, Hemmingford, Quebec

Valley Zoo, Edmonton



Beijing Zoo


Czech Republic

Zoo Brno

Zoo Dvůr Králové

Olomouc Zoo

Praha Zoo

Zoo Ústí nad Labem

Zoo Zlín



Zagreb Zoo



Giza Zoo



Safari de Peaugres

Zoo de Mulhouse



Hannover Zoo

Serengeti Park, Hodenhagen

Tiergarten der Stadt Nürnberg

Tierpark Berlin



Nyíregyházi Állatpark, Sóstófürdő

Kecskeméti Vadaskert



Hai Bar Animal and Nature Reserve



Bioparco di Roma



Himeji Central Park Zoo



Diergaarde Blijdorp, Rotterdam



Krakow Zoo



Jardim Zoológico de Lisboa



Bratislava Zoo


South Africa

National Zoological Gardens of South Africa, Pretoria



Parque de la naturaleza de Cabárceno, Santander



Kolmĺrdens djurpark, Norrköping

Addaxes at Kolmĺrdens djurpark 



Taipei Zoo


United Arab Emirates

Al Ain Wildlife Park and Resort


United Kingdom

Edinburgh Zoo

Yorkshire Wildlife Park, Doncaster



Parque Lecocq, close to Montevideo



Brights Zoo, Limestone, Tennessee

Brookfield Zoo, Brookfield, Illinois

Buffalo Zoo

Dallas Zoo

Disney's Animal Kingdom, Orlando

Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, Glen Rose, Texas

Fossil Rim is a prime example of dedicated conservation work and plays an important role in the Addax rescue. They hold a large Addax herd and are very involved in the reintroductions, research and genetic diversity work. 

Fresno Chaffee Zoo

Gladys Porter Zoo, Brownsville, Texas

Hogle Zoo, Salt Lake City

Lee Richardson Zoo, Garden City, Kansas

Louisville Zoo, Louisville, Kentucky

Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch (Between San Antonio and New Braunfels )

Miami Metro Zoo

Philadelphia Zoo

Rolling Hills Wildlife Adventure, Salina, Kansas

Sacramento Zoo (Addaxes moving to Kansas, spring 2011)

Saint Louis Zoo

Saint Louis Zoo WildCare Institute works to save ecosystems under pressure through; wildlife management and recovery, conservation science, and support of the human populations that coexist with wildlife. The zoo coordinates the Species Survival Plan for addaxes which is the North American breeding program.

San Antonio Zoo

San Diego Zoo Safari Park

World famous San Diego Zoo has always been at the fron when it comes to conservation, so also with the Addax. The Addax herd, which resides at the zoos safari park has supplied plenty of animals to reintroduction programs in Northern Africa

Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium, Litchfield Park, Arizona

York Zoo, York, Maine






Common words and abbreviations in the zoo world


Studbook - The studbook hold geneological data of all the individuals of a species in a breeding programme. The data is used to exchange animals between zoos to maximize genetic diversity.


AZA - Association of Zoos and Aquaria.  Non-profit organizationzoological institutions in North America.


SSP - Species Survival Plan.AZA's programme for endangered species


EAZA - European Association of Zoos and Aquaria


EEP - European Endangered Species Programme


ARAZPA - Australasian Regional Association of Zoological Parks and Aquaria.Less formal ZAA -Zoo and Aquarium Association


WAZA - World Association of Zoos and Aquaria


IUCN - International Union for Conservation of Nature


SSC - Species Survival Commision

A network of around 7500 scientist under IUCN working to conserve the current biodiversity


CITES - Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora









































































































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