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What is conservation?

Conservation is defined by the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums as securing populations of species (animals & plants) in natural habitats for the long term.

Zoos are uniquely positioned to provide the means to achieve these ends.  We are committed to the conservation of species and habitats locally and globally through by establishing and maintaining collaborative relationships with conservationists, organizations, universities, researchers, and our community.

Conservation practitioners

Niabi Zoo participates in 18 Species Survival Plans as coordinated through the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). The list of animal conservation status is compiled through the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

Of our 200+ species, our dedicated animal care staff is responsible for the daily welfare of:

4 Critically Endangered Species
4 Endangered Species
13 Vulnerable Species
6 Near Threatened Species

Actions each of us can take

Niabi Zoo understands that conservation starts at home. In order to garner support for conservation efforts, we not only need to increase awareness of conservation issues, but practice the steps necessary to achieve conservation action. Each of us can:

Reduce or eliminate single use plastics
Reuse items as much as possible
Recycle as a last resort
Plant a pollinator garden
Purchase sustainable products (seafood, wood, etc.)
Reduce your carbon footprint
Support the Zoo’s conservation efforts as a Donor or Member

Learn about Plastic Reduction Initiative

Visit the zoo and learn

You can help even more just by coming to the Zoo. Not only will you learn about the animals and environments that need our help, but just purchasing an admission ticket will help.  With every admission, 25 cents is donated to conservation projects through Niabi’s Coins for Conservation program. You can double your impact by donating 25 cents of your own at the Coins for Conservation kiosk in the Zoo entrance plaza.

The power of conservation

The power is in your hands as you can choose which partnering conservation organization you would like to support including:

  1. Snow Leopards with Snow Leopard Trust
  2. Pollinators with Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation
  3. Whale Shark Research with Ch’ooj Ajauil (Blue Kingdom)
  4. African Painted Dogs with Painted Dog Research Trust

Learn more

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