Zoos & Conservation
Professional zoos are committed to the conservation of species and habitats locally and globally by establishing and maintaining collaborative relationships with conservationists, organizations, universities, researchers, and their communities.
Niabi Zoo participates in 19 Species Survival Plans. 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:
7 Critically Endangered Species
5 Endangered Species
8 Vulnerable Species
7 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 support conservation by purchasing a Saving Species Scavenger Hunt. This series of fun booklets are themed by habitat and provide clues which will take you around the Zoo to find animals from that habitat. Once identified, the booklet can be taken to the Wild Things Gift Shop to collect Conservation Cards for the species found as well as a bonus Conservationist Card. All proceeds go to the Niabi Conservation Fund.
Learn more about Conservation Cards and descriptions of the icons found on the cards HERE.
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:
- Snow Leopards with Snow Leopard Trust
- Pollinators with Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation
- Whale Shark Research with Ch’ooj Ajauil (Blue Kingdom)
- African Painted Dogs with Painted Dog Research Trust