Conservation Community

              We are proud to be part of a growing community of conservation organizations, which includes the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and institutions that participate in global conservation field work.

              96 Elephants
              Who can imagine a world without elephants and rhinos? It's hard to believe, but as many as 96 elephants and two rhinos are killed each day for the ivory trade. This unprecedented poaching crisis demanded a global movement and now the 96 Elephants Campaign is taking action. Through public outreach, backing up protection efforts and law enforcement, and supporting legislation to stop the ivory demand, 96 Elephants' goal is to “stop the killing, stop the trafficking, and stop the demand."

              Andean Cat Alliance
              The Andean Cat Alliance is a multinational and interdisciplinary network funded in 1999 by professionals from Argentina, Bolivia, Chile and Peru to develop coordinated actions for the conservation of the Andean cat and its habitat. The Andean Cat Alliance has the mission to contribute to the knowledge and conservation of the Andean cat and its habitat, through innovative strategies in research, conservation, community participation and support in the management of wild areas.

              AZA Conservation Grants Fund
              Established in 1984, the Conservation Grants Fund supports the cooperative conservation-related scientific and educational initiatives of AZA and AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums and their collaborators.

              AZA SAFE Monarch Program
              SAFE (Saving Animals From Extinction) focuses the collective expertise within AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums and leverages their massive audiences to save species.

              AZA Tiger Conservation Campaign
              The Tiger Species Survival Plan Is a Tiger Conservation Campaign to encourage zoos to support wild tiger conservation efforts and raise awareness about wild tigers. This is an ongoing campaign organized by the Tiger SSP, but is personalized by individual zoos.

              Bat Conservation International
              Bat Conservation International is conducting and supporting science-based conservation efforts around the world. Working with many partners and colleagues, these innovative programs combine research, education and direct conservation to ensure bats will be helping to maintain healthy environments and human economies far into the future.

              Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund
              The Zoo is partnered with the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund to provide scholarships for conservation students working in their communities in Africa. The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund donation box is located in the Jones Family Gorilla Preserve.

              Fauna and Flora International
              Fauna and Flora International’s mission is to conserve threatened species and ecosystems worldwide, choosing solutions that are sustainable, based on sound science and take into account human needs.

              International Bongo Foundation
              The International Bongo Foundation (IBF) is dedicated to promoting and facilitating bongo conservation in Kenya with the initial focus on reintroducing Mountain bongo to Mount Kenya.

              International Rhino Foundation
              The International Rhino Foundation (IRF) is dedicated to the survival of the world’s rhino species through conservation and research. At the heart of IRF’s vision is the belief that these magnificent species should endure for future generations, and that protecting rhinos ensures the survival of many other species that share their habitat, including people.

              IUCN Redlist
              The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species is widely recognized as the most comprehensive, objective global approach for evaluating the conservation status of plant and animal species. From its small beginning, The IUCN Red List has grown in size and complexity and now plays an increasingly prominent role in guiding conservation activities of governments, NGOs and scientific institutions.

              Jane Goodall Institute
              A colorful, educational wishing well kiosk is located in the Zoo’s Wildlife Connection gift shop and supports the institute’s work. All the coins collected support chimpanzee habitat preservation and conservation.

              Lions of Laikipia
              Coordinated through the Laikipia Predator Project, the Zoo supports a lion guardian program in the Laikipia District of Kenya which is transforming young Maasai men from lion killers into lion protectors. The Laikipia Predator Project donation box is located at the South Savanna overlook in the Leanne Roberts African Savanna.

              Madagascar Fauna Group
              The Zoo is continuing to support the Madagascar Fauna Group and Parc Ivoloina.

              Polar Bears International - Arctic Ambassador Center
              Arctic Ambassador Centers (AACs) are a collection of zoos, museums, and aquariums that educate the public about climate change and how we can help, and provide leadership for carbon-emission reductions in their communities. We are proud to partner with Polar Bears International to sustain a future for polar bears across the Arctic.

              Sahara Conservation Fund (SCF)
              In partnership with the AZA Ratite Taxon Advisory Group, SCF has developed an Adopt-an-Ostrich Program to support the acquisition, care and feeding of pure-bred Saharan ostrich in Niger, to help maintain the ostrich facilities, and to improve capacity for ostrich management.

              Snow Leopard Conservancy (SLC)
              SLC builds upon traditional beliefs and empowers communities to benefit economically by maintaining a balanced ecosystem for the snow leopard.

              Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB)
              The primary objective of SANCCOB is to reverse the decline of seabird populations through the rescue, rehabilitation and release of ill, injured, abandoned and oiled seabirds – especially endangered species like the African penguin. The organisation works closely with colony managers to identify birds in need of care in the wild and bring them to one of two centres in South Africa: Cape Town (Western Cape) and Port Elizabeth (Eastern Cape).

              Species Survival Plan (SSP)
              We are pleased to participate in 51 AZA cooperative breeding programs which help conserve species. The Zoo contributes annual financial support to some SSP programs.

              Working Dogs for Conservation
              Working Dogs for Conservation applies dogs’ extraordinary abilities to further conservation. They do so through innovation, partnerships, and exceptional dogs who live to work. 

              Above is a partial list and reflects contributions made in 2014.

              Conservation Programs

              Animal Wellness

              Local Conservation Efforts

              Restoring Native Habitat

              Working Green

              Conservation Community

              Wildlife Trafficking Enforcement Act