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While much of the zoo’s conservation work takes place in the field—working with species, habitats and communities around the world—there is conservation taking place on zoo grounds every day. 

From breeding of endangered species to maintaining genetic diversity and population health, to educational activities demonstrating to visitors how they can share the habitat, conservation is infused into activities—seen and unseen—across the zoo.


Conservation Education

From toddlers to seniors, on and off grounds, our developmental approach to lifelong learning is to foster empathy for nature, build conservation knowledge and skills, and increase people’s personal ownership for action that benefits wildlife and habitats.

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Conservation Breeding and Research

Of the 320 species represented at Woodland Park Zoo, 44 are endangered and 18 are threatened. The zoo participates in Species Survival Plan conservation breeding for 72 animal species, and headstarts several species at the zoo before reintroducing them into wild habitats. Zoos’ scientific research on species’ health, social behavior and reproduction are major contributions to the knowledge base on which field conservation relies.

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As the Northwest’s premier zoo we have a responsibility to inspire millions of people across our region to improve the health of our environment. We’re walking the talk to become our community’s most inspiring model of sustainability—from our well-loved Zoo Doo compost program to our LEED-certified buildings modeling green technology.

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