BZS is committed to conserving Bermuda's natural environment. BZS sponsors and endorses a number of conservation projects, from studying Island amphibians, to inspecting longtail nests, to researching the biology of endangered marine turtles. Click on the list of projects on the right and consider donating to these worthy causes.
The Bermuda Biodiversity Project is the umbrella name for all research at the BAMZ facility, including projects conducted in conjunction with other organisations. Our conservation and research programmes focus on Bermuda and are funded primarily by the Bermuda Government, U.K and U.S. Governments and private donations.
Our Mission Statement: To gather, analyse and disseminate the biological information necessary for the sustainable use of Bermuda's living resources.
Research projects are essential elements of our work, as we seek to fulfill our mission to inspire appreciation and care of island environments.
In 1996, Wolfgang Sterrer, Curator of the Natural History Museum at the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum & Zoo (BAMZ), put forward a proposal to ‘initiate and coordinate a comprehensive local and international effort to catalogue all of Bermuda's flora and fauna, with the goal of providing a basis for the sustainable use of the Island's living resources’. With a shoestring budget of $25,000, the Bermuda Biodiversity Project was launched. The project continues to mature and evolve its research focus in response to locally identified conservation needs.
Over-exploitation from the days of the first settlers, the introduction of a host of foreign species, and the increasing pressure for development in order to acommodate a resident population of 60,000 entertaining 500,000 visitors a year, pose an escalating threat to the fragile ecology of the island and surrounding reefs. Many of our endemic species have become extinct, while surviving ones such as the cahow, skink and cedar have been severely threatened.
If you care about the environment, wildlife and plants, then get involved in making the Earth a better place. Find out how to get involved at BAMZ to support vital conservation education and research programmes.