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. Niabi Zoo connects the community with the natural world through conservation leadership and engaging educational experiences. 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, etc.

Niabi staff

Our dedicated animal care staff is responsible for the daily care for:

4 Critically Endangered Species
2 Endangered Species
15 Vulnerable Species
6 Near Threatened Species

Conservation leadership

Niabi Zoo participates in 19 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.

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 provide the steps necessary to achieve conservation action.

Steps that each of us can take include:

Eliminate single use plastics
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

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. $0.25 of every admission goes to conservation programs in the wild through our Coins for Conservation program.

The power of conservation

The power of conservation is your hands as you can choose which of four programs you would like to support:

Snow Leopards with Snow Leopard Trust
Pollinators with Xerces Society for invertebrate conservation
Whale Shark Research with Ch’ooj Ajuail (Blue Realm)
African Painted Dogs with Painted Dog Research Trust

Learn more

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